From the United States to Russia, the world is experiencing record-setting temperatures this year, negating the nattering of the climate change naysayers. Global temperatures in the first half of the year were the hottest since records began more than a century ago. NOAA’s State of the Global Climate Analysis provides a picture of global highlights of this year’s temperatures.
This year is currently on track to be the warmest on record since global instrumental records began in the late 1800s. In our own region, the Great Lakes are at near-record temperatures already with several weeks of warming left in the season.
In addition to the overwhelming global warming statistics, Arctic sea ice extent averaged for July was the second lowest in the satellite record, after 2007. After a slowdown in the rate of ice loss, the old, thick ice that moved into the southern Beaufort Sea last winter is beginning to melt out.
Global warming or climate change – whatever one prefers to call it – is a reality. While the Earth periodically undergoes warming and cooling, the human factor is adding to and speeding up the Earth’s current condition of warming. To think that humans have no impact on the environment is ludicrous.
The climate change deniers tripped the light fantastic last year when a series of emails purporting to doubt global warming were hacked and made public. The global warming skeptics were thrilled, to say the least. But further investigation vindicated the scientists involved in the email transmissions.
Now, with sweltering, record-setting temperatures around the globe, warming sea temperatures, and melting ice, the naysayers have been silent – probably due to the depth to which their heads are buried in the proverbial sand.