2016 was hottest year on record, worldwide report confirms

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 10, 2017

The surface of the Earth experienced record warmth for a third consecutive year, as well as other attributes consistent with a warming Earth, according to the 2016 State of the Climate report released Thursday.

Report suggests USA is already feeling the impact of climate change Average temperatures throughout the United States have risen rapidly since 1980, according to a new report.

The comprehensive report came days after The New York Times publicized a draft of a separate major climate change report that is awaiting Trump administration approval. The report comes from scientists representing 13 federal agencies.

According to the report, the global annual average of atmospheric Carbon dioxide concentration was 402.9 parts per million (ppm) in 2016 and surpassed the 400ppm mark for the first time, when compared to ice core records dating back as far as 800,000 years.

In the Arctic, the most sensitive area to global warming, the average surface temperature past year was two degrees above the average from 1981-2010, beating all the records.

Sea surface temperatures were also the highest on record and have increased by 1.62 degrees between 2000 and 2016.

At the end of winter in march, the maximum extent of the arctic ice was the lowest in 37 years of satellite observations.

The Antarctic, too, experienced record low sea ice coverage, and overall, there was less snow and ice on planet Earth than normal previous year.

In 2016, meteorologists recorded 93 named tropical storms worldwide - above the 1981 to 2010 average of 82, but fewer than the 101 storms in 2015.

The report is a sort of annual checkup on the Earth, compiled by NOAA and the American Meteorological Society out of data from researchers in 60 countries - and it found the fever the planet has been running in recent years hasn't broken yet.

This document has not been made public, nor approved by the administration Trump.

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