WARNING: 2016 Expected to Be Hottest Year on Record
Despite global efforts to combat the effects of global warming and climate change, 2015 was still charted to have the highest overall temperature in history. According to NASA, the progression of the warming trend occurred in the last three decades. Moreover, the global average temperature is now 1 degree Celsius greater than the average a little more than a century ago. Experts, including Charles Bolden - NASA administrator, are convinced that climate change is amongst the most dire issues the world needs to address at present.
There have been efforts to alleviate the problem of global warming in the last few months. Unfortunately, considering the recent report from the World Meteorological Organization or the WMO, the initiatives, which includes the Paris Agreement, are little too late.
Last November 14, 2016, the WMO released an official statement claiming that 2016 is bound to be the hottest year on record. According to the data, this year's global temperature is 1.2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The hike in temperature can be attributed to the month's long El Nino experienced earlier this year.
"Another year. Another record. The high temperatures we saw in 2015 are set to be beaten in 2016. The extra heat from the powerful El Niño event has disappeared. The heat from global warming will continue." explained WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas.
The current state of global warming has had some very serious effects to countries across the globe. Taalas further details how destructive phenomenons are only bound to be more frequent considering the rise in temperature.
Taalas however was quick to explain the role of WMO in the fight against global warming. He states that the agency is currently working on monitoring technology that could accurately predict climate trends from weeks to decades.
"There is a great need to strengthen the disaster early warning and climate service capabilities of especially developing countries. This is a powerful way to adapt to climate change," said Mr Taalas.