Want some bad news before the weekend? NASA recently released its annual global temperature report and as it turns out, 2023 was the warmest year on record since measurements began in 1880. Global temperatures last year were about 2.1 degrees Fahrenheit (1.2 degrees Celsius) above NASA’s 1951-1980 average.
In 2023, the planet was 2.5 degrees warmer than in the 1880s. If you do the math, you’ll see that the vast majority of this growth occurred after NASA’s initial tenure. In other words, the last few decades have been the worst of the worst. July 2023 was the warmest month on record, It’s a record no one wanted or wanted, but here we are.
“NASA and NOAA’s global temperature report confirms that billions of people around the world experienced last year; We are facing a climate crisis,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “From extreme heat to wildfires to rising sea levels, we can see our Earth changing.”
NASA doesn’t bury its head in the sand and pretend it’s a natural phenomenon. We did this with Gavin Schmidt, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), who said that temperature change is primarily caused by “our fossil fuel emissions.”
2023 was not an off year. Last ten years in a row it was the hottest in history. For this purpose, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently reported There is a one in three chance that 2024 will be even warmer. Summer.
In 2023, the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai submarine volcano erupted in January 2022 to note some cooling events, including volcanic aerosols in the atmosphere, which actually tried to lower temperatures slightly. However, these events have not kept up with the constant greenhouse gas emissions and warming effects of this year’s El Nino weather event.
“As greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, we will continue to break records,” Schmidt said. “And unfortunately, we set a new record for greenhouse gas emissions again last year.”
The Biden-Harris administration has done a few things to slow our descent into a Mad Max dystopia. The White House recently launched the US Greenhouse Gas Center to make critical climate data readily available last year’s Inflation Relief Act allocated $369 billion for climate and clean energy programs. President Biden has also pledged to reduce emissions by at least 50 percent by 2025 from 2005 levels. These are good incremental moves, no doubt about it, but it seems we’ve gone “f*ck around” fast and wildly care about “finding”. What was that curse again? Yes. Have interesting moments.