:: Related Links
:: Cool Sites

Posted by admin on Mar 20, 2017

MashableAs the saying goes: Another month, another disconcerting report from top U.S. climate agencies. Last month was Earth's second-hottest February on record since at least 1880, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently reported.  At the same time, the extent of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctica hit record monthly lows. SEE ALSO: Here’s why it's so frickin’ hot right now In February 2017, the average global temperature was 1.76 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average of 53.9 degrees, NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information said late last week.  February 2017 land and ocean temperature percentiles, Image: NOAA/NCEI Only February 2016 was warmer, at a staggering 2.43 degrees Fahrenheit above average, NOAA said. The entire year of 2016 was also the hottest on record, with last year's temperatures exceeding all previous years since record-keeping began 137 years ago.  NOAA and NASA scientists said human-caused global warming was responsible for a majority of the annual temperature gains — a fact the Trump administration seems determined to ignore. For U.S. residents, it's probably not surprising to learn that last month was exceptionally warm. February 2017 saw widespread record warmth across the country and a series of record highs.  Other parts of the world similarly experienced an atypically warm winter. Image: NOAA From December 2016 to February 2017, the global average temperature was 1.60 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average of 53.8 degrees, NOAA said. This was the second warmest for this season, second only to December 2015 to February 2016. The first two months of 2017 also landed in second place. The year-to-date average temperature for January through February 2017 was 1.69 degrees Fahrenheit above average, just below the first two months of 2016. Those balmier temperatures meant troubling news for the planet's sea ice.  Sea ice extent for Arctic (left) and Antarctic regions. Image: National snow ice and data center/university of colorado, boulder Both the Arctic and Antarctic seas logged the smallest February sea ice extent since satellite records began in 1979, according to NOAA data analyzed by the Rutgers Global Snow Lab. The average Antarctic sea ice extent was 24.4 percent below the 1981-2010 average for February, the U.S. climate agency reported. In the Arctic region, the average sea ice extent was 7.6 percent below average. But warmer air temperatures aren't the only culprit in shrinking sea ice. Ocean temperatures are similarly heating up, in part because of human-driven climate change. Sea ice extent for 2016 (blue) compared to other record low years, as of Dec. 5, 2016. Image: national snow and ice data center A new study found oceans may be warming about 13 percent faster than scientists previously thought. The warming rate from 1992 is nearly two times the warming rate from 1960, according to a paper published March 10 in the journal Science Advances. In its monthly report, NOAA said the globally averaged sea surface temperature also ranked as second-highest on record for February, the December-February season and the two-month year-to-date. Anyone want to guess how March's report will look? WATCH: Watch how global warming heats up the world from 1880-2016

Related News

Recent News

• Autopsies Being Performed on Family of 4 Found Dead in Mexico (Mar 25, 2018)

• Bolton expected to shake up Trump’s National Security Council (Mar 25, 2018)

• Tumblr Deletes 84 Accounts 'Linked To Russian Government' (Mar 25, 2018)

• Austin Bomber Is A Terrorist Of Our Own Making (Mar 25, 2018)

• US schools arm students and teachers with buckets of rocks to protect against shooters (Mar 25, 2018)

• Roy Moore supporters tried to buy off his accuser’s lawyer using 10,000 dollars and Steve Bannon (Mar 25, 2018)

• Taiwan says should educate its youth on dangers of China (Mar 25, 2018)

• The Latest: "March for Our Lives" rallies draw huge crowds (Mar 25, 2018)

• The Climate Is Changing For Climate Skeptics (Mar 25, 2018)

• Marjory Stoneman Douglas students arrive in Washington for ‘March for Our Lives’ (Mar 25, 2018)

• GOP lawmaker knocks Trump for Putin call but refuses to distance himself from president (Mar 25, 2018)

• Heroic French officer Arnaud Beltrame dies after switching himself for hostage in France supermarket (Mar 25, 2018)

• Roseanne Barr’s outburst on ‘Kimmel’ wins cheers (Mar 25, 2018)

• In photos: Damien Hirst unveils 'Colour Space' paintings in UK (Mar 25, 2018)

• The Most Popular Destinations In The World, According To TripAdvisor (Mar 25, 2018)

• Freedom Caucus, Fox News Triggered Trump's Spending Bill Veto Threat (Mar 25, 2018)

• Smoky condo fire in Vietnam kills at least 13, injures 28 (Mar 25, 2018)

• The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week (Mar 25, 2018)

• After veto threat, Trump signs $1.3 trillion spending bill (Mar 25, 2018)

• Trump tweets he's banning bump stocks ahead of March for Our Lives (Mar 25, 2018)

• Video of police shooting unarmed black man sparks protests in Sacramento (Mar 25, 2018)

• Regulators search Cambridge Analytica's London offices for seven hours over Facebook row (Mar 25, 2018)

• Nigeria's Buhari meets with Dapchi girls (Mar 25, 2018)

• Russia's Putin says focus in new term will be improving living standards (Mar 25, 2018)

• If The Law Says Scott Walker Has To Call Early Elections, The GOP Will Rewrite It (Mar 25, 2018)

:: Search
:: Sponsored Links