Global warming is real and getting worse, according to a NOAA study

Marsha Scott
August 12, 2017

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a leading environmental agency which is part of the USA federal government, found that global temperatures were warmer last year than in 137 years of recordkeeping for a third consecutive year - surpassing the previosu record of 2015.

A new global climate change report, prepared by 450 scientists from more than 60 countries, has published trends from thousands of data sets that - across the board - present a clear-cut picture of a warming world.

The report of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (#NOAA) on the "State of the Climate in 2016" reveals that the health of the world is not good because of #Climate Change.

The New York Times released a draft version of the report on Monday after researchers called attention to the fact that it had been uploaded on to the Internet Archive last January, but had yet to receive any public acknowledgement.

Key members of Trump's Cabinet have more recently questioned whether carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases created by human activities are the primary cause for global warming.

Even the federal government's own reports - including a draft science study for the National Climate Assessment obtained this week by The Associated Press and other media - paint an entirely different reality than what's coming from the Trump Administration.

Global sea level has risen for six straight years, with the highest rates of increase seen in the western Pacific and Indian Oceans. Arndt, who has been working on the NOAA annual report for eight years, said it includes the "same general material", and underwent the "same general process".

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"This is typical, and it's ironic that people make a big ado about the big reports that kind of tie it all together", she said. I said no - why bother.

"When you set record after record after record, it's very extreme and it's cause for concern", said Jessica Blunden, a NOAA climatologist and lead editor of the new report.

According to the report released Thursday, the global land and ocean surface temperature was 0.45˚-0.56˚C above the average for 1981 to 2010.

This graph illustrates two important things: (1) the pattern of exponential decline of biodiversity for a linear increase in global temperatures (which means that for the preservation of Earth's biodiversity a business as usual emissions scenario is much worse than ambitious global climate policy) - and (2) that there is large variation among individual published biodiversity projections (illustrating high complexity/uncertainty).

Sea temperatures keep getting higher. In relation to that, global sea levels saw a 3.25-inch rise when compared with 1993 records, which was when sea level recording began.

- The Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the world.

Americans are already experiencing more extreme precipitation. While temperatures in the country (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) have increased an average of 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit since 1900, the Southwest and the Northwest, as well as the Northern Great Plains, have seen a temperature increase of 1.5 degrees or more. These glaciers have lost the equivalent of cutting a 70-foot thick slice off the top of the average glacier.

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