Global Warming Is Real: NASA Announces 2016 Was the Hottest Year Yet

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People might stop experiencing winters altogether because of global warming. NASA announced on Wednesday that they can go on record to say that 2016 has been the hottest year in the history of planet earth. Analysts at NOAA later confirmed the findings of NASA.

2016: The Third Consecutive Warmest Year

Not only that, 2016 also experienced the third significant rise in the average global temperature after 2014 and 2015 respectively. In fact, the top 16 to 17 warmest years in earth’s history has been somewhere between 2000 and 2017. The phenomenon of global warming has been a concern for environmental advocates for quite some time now.

NASA has released a video of the earth as it appears when scanned through carefully placed sensors all across the globe. It shows that while our home is known as the “blue planet,” it hardly has any blue (cold spots) remaining on it. It is mostly covered in bright yellow hues marking moderately warm temperatures and red zones indicating extremely hot temperatures.

What was most astonishing was to see that the red zones are spread across the poles. This suggests that those regions are the worst hit due to global warming. Accompanying the rising global temperatures is the El Nino effect that causes extreme changes across the globe, reports Tech Crunch. Places, which have never experienced rain, will suddenly have rainfall, while semi-dry places will likely experience extremely drought.

Donald Trump’s Administration Jokes About Global Warming

Also, it does not help that superpowers like the United States consider it a jesting matter. President-Elect Donald Trump, who is hours away from taking office has been known to tweet the following in the past: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” Even Trump’s senior advisers Bob Walker and Peter Navarro wrote that  “NASA should be focused primarily on deep space activities rather than Earth-centric work,” reported Space News.

As a result all the preventive measures are put on hold, which could have otherwise checked the rapidly rising temperature. 2016 has already seen temperatures rise 2 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the average temperature of 19th century. “It’s really the trend, and the fact that we’re punching at the ceiling every year now, that is the real indicator that we’re undergoing big changes,” said Deke Arndt, chief of global climate monitoring for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the New York Times reported.

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