If anyone had any doubt about climate change being real The New York Times has published data from NASA scientific studies showing that the “Earth’s average surface temperature in 2018 was the fourth highest in nearly 140 years of record-keeping and a continuation of an unmistakable warming trend.”
Even worse the last 5 warmest years recorded have been the last 5 years. And the last 18 of 19 warmest years have been since 2001.
Even though 190 nations have signed the Paris Agreement it just may be too late.
“The Earth’s temperature in 2018 was more than 1 degree Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, above the average temperature of the late 19th century, when humans started pumping large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Scientists say that if the world is to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, global temperatures must not rise by more than 2 degrees Celsius compared with pre-industrial levels.”
The United Nations climate change science panel has suggested that even an increase of 1.5 degrees has extreme ramifications.Look for more extremes, more retreat of glaciers, calving of icebergs, flooding, areas stricken with aridity and even the polar vortex stalled in places it never used to be.
Dr. Schmidt of NASA said that the new figures helped to validate the scientific models that have predicted such warming over time.“People say, ‘How do we know the science is any good? How do we trust the models? They’re so complex!’ ” But, he said: “That’s the essence of science. You think you understand how something works, you make models and you make predictions and see if they come true. Unfortunately, we’re in a situation where we see it’s come true. And while that’s intellectually pleasing, it totally sucks.”
You can take a look at NASA’s video on the data below and read NASA’s statement here.