Scientists are baffled after a report released by the WMO revealed 2016 is set to be the hottest year on record, causing many to question if countries around the world are doing enough to fight climate change.
Climate scientists predicted record temperatures ahead of WMO's report on Tuesday, but did not expect the numbers to be as severe as they were. Climate change has been a contentious issue in the United States and around the world as scientists continue to stress governments are not doing enough to curb pollution. Unfortunately, climate science is riddled with half-truths and hyperbole. Despite the mainstream media's narrative, record temperatures would have occurred with or without humanity's industrial contributions. The apocalyptic warnings of the earth transforming into a barren wasteland are also unfounded. Innovations in clean and alternative energy are proof humanity has taken a keen interest in its stewardship of the planet.
WMO Links Hottest Year On Record To Climate Change
The World Meteorological Organization said 2016 is on track to be the hottest year on record after reporting staggering temperatures in June. It was the fourteenth straight month of record heat.
Rising temperatures were recorded mainly in the northern hemisphere. Scientists also noted ice in the Arctic was melting faster than it has in the past. WMO director David Carlson said the heat wave itself is not surprising, but blew past official predictions.
"What concerns me most is that we didn't anticipate these temperature jumps," he explained. "We predicted moderate warmth for 2016, but nothing like the temperature rises we've seen."
Carlson warned climate change will negatively affect the quality of life for humans and animals alike, suggesting it is causing irreparable damage to the earth.
"Massive temperature hikes, but also extreme events like floodings, have become the new normal," he continued. "The ice melt rates recorded in the first half of 2016, for example - we don't usually see those until later in the year."
Carlson called on global leaders to prioritize their climate change initiatives following the Paris Agreement.
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Nonprofit group the Union of Concerned Scientists analyzed 18 military installations that represent more than 120 coastal bases nationwide to weigh the impact of climate change on their operations. Faster rates of sea level rises in the second half of this century could mean that tidal flooding will become a daily occurrence for some installations.
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Despite the friction on the left and the hostility on the right, experts say climate change will not decide many votes this November. Although polls show the public is increasingly concerned about it, climate change lags far behind other issues when most voters consider whom to vote for.
Popular Science provides a hopeful voice for change
Scambos notes that amidst all that agreement, and the backlash to it, something new has emerged, something that wasn't there 22 years ago. There is now a global push for clean technologies and energy alternatives that weren't there before; the burst of innovation from academics and across industries give him hope.