Friday, September 18, 2015

Summer 2015 the hottest on record (NOAA)

This summer has been the hottest on record, he National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said yesterday.

The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces was the "highest" on record during the period from June through August this year, NOAA said.

During the three-month time span, global average land and ocean temperatures has risen by 0.88 degree Celsius over the 20th century average, surpassing the previous record set in 2014 by 0.09 degrees Celsius.

Moreover, the combined global average land and ocean surface temperature for January–August was also record warm, according to NOAA.

"With surface temperatures this year at record high levels in both the oceans and over land areas, and climate extremes ranging from extraordinary droughts to torrential rains, the need for action on climate change has never been more evident," said Lou Leonard, vice president of World Wildlife Fund.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on countries to submit as soon as possible their action plans that will form the basis of the new universal climate change agreement to be adopted in December in Paris.

"The pressure is on, and Mother Nature is turning up the heat on global leaders to deliver meaningful climate action in Paris," Lou Leonard said.
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