Noam Chomsky (American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist and social critic) said the most important news of Nov. 8, 2016 (election day) was actually “barely noted.” Chomsky went on to say that on November 8, 2016, the World Meteorological Organization (“WMO”) delivered a report at the international conference on climate change in Morocco at the 22nd UN conference on climate change. The WMO reported that the past five years were the hottest on record.
“Another year. Another record,” said WMO secretary-general, Petteri Taalas. “The extra heat from the powerful El Niño event has disappeared. The heat from global warming will continue because of climate change, the occurrence and impact of extreme events has risen,” he said. “Once in a generation’ heatwaves and flooding are becoming more regular.” The WMO said human-induced global warming had contributed to at least half the extreme weather events studied in recent years, with the risk of extreme heat increasing by 10 times in some cases.
Chomsky also noted that two researchers have discovered a linear relationship between atmospheric carbon and summer Arctic sea ice. This discovery allows them to definitively say: For every ton of CO2 emitted, three square meters of summer Arctic sea ice disappears. This means that the average American is personally responsible for 645 square feet of melted summer Arctic sea ice every year.
The current warming trend is of significance because most of it is very likely human-induced and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented in the past 1,300 years according to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. All three major global surface temperature reconstructions show that Earth has warmed since 1880. Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with 15 of the 16 warmest years on record occurring since 2001. The year 2015 was the first time the global average temperatures were 1 degree Celsius or more above the 1880-1899 average.
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Quote of the Month
“Those who talk, don’t know. Those who know, don’t talk. I don’t talk.” Tim Grover (Michael Jordan’s personal trainer)