When Acetaminophen Isn’t Strong Enough to Stop the Earth’s Fever

by aupara123 on January 25, 2016 - 10:33pm

Global warming has been a popular subject discussed worldwide for decades. Many people still deny it, but proofs are there to support the recent occurrence phenomenon. The latest one? The year 2015 has seen the highest global temperatures yet on record, qualifying it as being the warmest year since the recording of yearly temperatures began, as new data revealed by the United States’ and the United Kingdom’s meteorologists suggests.

As it is written by environmental correspondent Matt McGrath in the article “Climate change: 2015 'shattered' global temperature record by wide margin”, published on 20 January 2016 in the BBC News (http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35354579), the temperatures of 2015 were recorded as being 0.75°C warmer on average than the average of the temperatures between 1961 and 1990, according to the Met Office. This extreme global temperature rise has reached the top of the Met Office’s expectations, which were that the average temperature rise would be between 0.52°C and 0.76°C.

These record-breaking temperatures are due to two factors, namely El Niño, which has been the strongest yet of this generation, and human-induced warming. As the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) explains on its website (http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/ninonina.html), El Niño is a warm ocean current that tends to develop during the month of December in the Equatorial Pacific and occurs every two to seven years. It often alters the weather conditions around the globe, resulting in warmer global temperatures. Human-induced warming refers to the increased amount of released greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

In December 2015, politicians from all over the world met in Paris to discuss issues revolving around global warming. They came to an agreement to keep the global temperature rise “well below 2°C” in order to minimize disastrous weather events. In addition to having the highest recorded global temperature, 2015 temperatures rose by more than 1°C, which exceeds by far the predicted rise of temperature. It was the first complete year to reach that point. Predictions are that if temperatures keep rising as they do, the effects on the environment will soon be irreversible.

Data published by the NASA and the NOAA shows that all but one of the ten warmest years occurred during the 21st century, 2015 being the warmest one of them all with an advance of 0.13°C with the second warmest year, 2014. Predictions are that 2016 is also going to be a warm year, if not warmer than 2015, as humans keep burning fossil fuels, which have catastrophic effects on the environment.

The year 2015 showed multiple unconventional weather patterns, such as massive droughts and disastrous floods throughout the world. El Niño and human-induced impacts have made it the warmest year yet on record, and predictions for the global temperature of 2016 are to be warmer than 2015. The environmental catastrophes in 2015 have already had significant impacts on the world, what is it going to be in 2016?