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This year's global warming is off the charts

By T.K. Randall
July 27, 2016 · Comment icon 58 comments

The world is warming up and we aren't doing enough to stop it. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Chris Lim
Climate scientists have expressed concern over the record-breaking temperatures seen so far this year.
It has long been established that the world is getting hotter and that this is unlikely to change anytime soon, but what is perhaps not as well recognized is the extent to which this is happening.

The first six months of 2016 have brought with them an average global temperature 1.3 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average - a figure suggesting that scientists may have seriously underestimated just how hot the world is going to get in the not-too-distant future.

"What concerns me most is that we didn't anticipate these temperature jumps," said Dr David Carlson, director of the World Climate Research Programme.
"We predicted moderate warmth for 2016, but nothing like the temperature rises we've seen. Massive temperature hikes, but also extreme events like floodings, have become the new normal."

Some countries have at least made some effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions however it remains unclear whether or not this is ultimately going to be enough.

"The world leaders making serious commitments to tackle climate change are currently few and far between," said Dr Carlson.

"The question is shifting from ‘has the climate changed?' to ‘by how much ?'"

Source: Independent | Comments (58)

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Comment icon #49 Posted by Doug1029 8 years ago
Photovoltaic solar power is growing rapidly.  Get in on it if you can.  Maybe selling and installing home systems, for example.  Wind is going strong, but right now it seems that the big companies have it sewed up.  Maybe a portable wind system?  Energy-saving devices might offer an opportunity - like making passive-solar window heaters, for example.  Lots of opportunities - time to get rich! Doug
Comment icon #50 Posted by susieice 8 years ago
Been a really hot and humid summer here. I don't remember 90's with humidity so high you can't go out lasting over 2 weeks before. Last winter was warmer with one 36" snowstorm. The three winters before that were really cold and a lot of snow. I think this Bermuda high thing is probably the reason why. I just hope this winter is mild also. When the jetstream drops we get a lot of Canadian air and it gets really cold here. Three years ago, all the Great Lakes froze over. Last Christmas Eve, it was 79F. Funny thing, weather. Now NOAA says this year's Atlantic hurricane season could be bad. The E... [More]
Comment icon #51 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 8 years ago
Meh.  I remember it more humid a lot hotter in the past.  I do remember warm winters.  i know there have been really nasty winters.  But summers always get hot, maybe some not as much as others, but, yeah, that's weather for you.  This summer isn't that bad.  It's not the end of the world people. Oh, NOAA always seems to claim that "this year's" Atlantic hurricane season is going to be a bad one.  Sensationalism gets attention after all.  And if they keep saying it, and it finally happens, they can claim they were right.  Meh again.
Comment icon #52 Posted by Leonardo 8 years ago
I know this is a little off-topic, but I don't think electric (battery) cars are the best alternative to fossil fuel-powered cars. Even on a fast charge at a service station, it will take 30 - 40 minutes to recharge the batteries, so consider how many more recharge stations will be required to handle any significant volume of traffic. Plus, the batteries in electric vehicles need to be replaced every 5-7 years at significant (many thousands) cost - and this is if you use the slow charge option. Using the fast charge regularly will reduce the battery lifetime by a couple of years. So, you also ... [More]
Comment icon #53 Posted by Not Your Huckleberry 8 years ago
Here in the Southeast US, we had a very mild winter, a very hot Spring and what would turn out to be a fairly mild summer if it weren't for so much rain! I swear this by far one of the most rainy summers I've ever seen. The "base" temps aren't bad at all for this time of year, but the resulting humidity is unbearable. Normally August is our worst month in terms of heat index, but in July, we were seeing heat indexes from 105-120 every single day. A bit better now; but rain, rain, rain!
Comment icon #54 Posted by Doug1029 8 years ago
Electric cars in their current incarnation are not the answer.  But research continues... Hydrogen power would be electric power.  There are two ways to produce hydrogen; both use electricity. It has been proposed that hydrogen be used as a back-up to wind.  When the wind is blowing hard, the unused power is diverted to produce hydrogen which can be stored until needed to generate electricity. Doug
Comment icon #55 Posted by Doug1029 8 years ago
The temps for July are out:  +0.84 degrees above baseline, the hottest July ever.  Turns out that June saw a one-month dip in global temps. Doug
Comment icon #56 Posted by Leonardo 8 years ago
Yes, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are "electric vehicles", but they do not use conventional batteries as the source for the charge. That is what I was getting at - that battery-powered vehicles aren't "the future" and neither are they particularly "green".
Comment icon #57 Posted by Doug1029 8 years ago
They're certainly not very efficient right now. Since I posted my previous answer I saw several NSF grant announcements for people with projects involving fuel cells, electric vehicles and various types of green energy.  The effort is continuing.  Now to see if it produces any results. All I'm saying is don't write off battery power just yet. About producing hydrogen:  you can do it using electricity to decompose water - hydrolysis.  Or you can shoot an electric current through a submerged carbon electrode and make it that way.  You can burn that hydrogen in a fuel cell, or a conventional... [More]
Comment icon #58 Posted by Leonardo 8 years ago
That's true, and to the best of my knowledge, HFC vehicles don't generate their own hydrogen, but use high-pressure tanks to store it. So the hydrogen still has to be produced, transported and stored for refilling the vehicles. How it's produced obviously has a bearing on how "green" the technology is.

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