2015 was a record-breaker, but it's not a record to brag about. The Earth is telling us top stop doing what we're doing.
On Wednesday, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the year 2015 was the hottest ever in the entire 136 years of record-keeping.
According to CNN reports, 2015 broke a record set just last year by temperatures being "more than 20% higher than the previous highest departure from average." The average global temperature in 2015 was 0.75C higher than the long-term average between 1961 and 1990, and much higher than the previous record of 0.57C in 2014.
The consecutive record-breaking heat warns us that global warming is pushing the world's climate into unpredictable circumstances. We can only assume what awaits the planet and the predictions are grim. The world, the humanity is not prepared for the unspeakable climate changes.
The carbon-cutting pledges we heard at the world's governments conference in Paris in December are not something to think about and deal with in time - they're something to urgently implement right away. In order to avoid widespread and dangerous consequence, the Paris agreement commits the world's nations to limit warming to below 2C (or 1.5C if possible) compared to pre-industrial times.
"If we continue to burn fossil fuels at current rates, then there is no normal. Temperatures that were once unprecedented will become commonplace. And the new temperature records will have no counterpart, no analog, in human existence," PSU climatologist Michael E. Mann stated for Mic.
Despite the fact human activity is the main wrongdoer, climate is also heavily influenced by the currently peaking very strong El Niño, which is a natural cycle of warming in the Pacific Ocean with an intense, global impact on weather.
The Met Office expects 2016 to set a new global temperature record, the third one in a row!