April 2016, Hottest April Ever, Breaks Global Temperature Records
April 2016 marks the hottest April ever recorded in history. It has also been the seventh month that the world record for global temperatures has been broken consistently.
Last month's land and sea temperature showed an alarming 1.11 degrees Celsius increase compared to the recorded average temperatures gathered from 1951 to 1980.
The mentioned years are being used by NASA as their reference point on temperature changes to keep track of the development with climate change.
This consistent increase with the temperature has incited scientists to call for a declaration of "climate emergency" as the world is approaching the 2-degree-Celsius danger zone which experts fear to have a globally disastrous effect.
Increase in United States wildfires, continuous melting of Arctic ice, more intensive and frequent hurricanes and extinctions of more species are just some of the dangers that the world will be facing if the feared 2-degree-Celsius increase will take place, according to John Sutter of CNN.
The Huffington Post reported that The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who uses different dates from that of NASA to track the temperature changes has also conducted a study but has not revealed their findings yet.
But researchers believe that of NOAA findings match with that of NASA, the whole of 2016 will be one of the hottest years in history.
With the present temperature track, hesitations are rising over Paris Agreement wherein 170 leaders from different parts of the world agreed to limit the temperature increase below 1.5 degree Celsius.
"The 1.5C target, it's wishful thinking. I don't know if you'd get 1.5C if you stopped emissions today. There's inertia in the system. It's putting intense pressure on 2C," said Andy Pitman, director of the ARC Center of Excellence for Climate System Science, University of New South Wales in Australia, as per The Guardian.
Pitman however clarified that the recent temperature rise is not really surprising as it had been forewarned by climate scientists in 1980's and has shown highly visible signs since year 2000.
El Niño, the warm water release across the Pacific Ocean is supplying big contribution on the temperature hike thereby worsening the global warming.
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