Sixteen of the seventeen hottest years on record have occurred since 2000.
-UN World Meteorological Organization
2016 set a global heat record for the third year in a row. Climate scientists say that greenhouse gas pollution, which humans are creating by burning fossil fuels and chopping down rain forests, contributed to the 2016 record, but the biggest contribution is pollution and its long term effects. A pollutant is a substance that when in the environment, poisons our air, land and water and it’s chemicals have poisoned all of the world, harming humans, wildlife, and plant life, on land, sea and air.
NASA recently released a video of the earth as it appears when scanned through carefully placed sensors all across the globe. It shows that while our home is known as the “blue planet,” it hardly has any blue (cold spots) remaining on it. It is mostly covered in bright yellow hues marking moderately warm temperatures and red zones indicating extremely hot temperatures.
If this trend continues, it is uncertain what the future holds for this planet. This is why the topic of global warming continues to be one frequently discussed today, and a hot button issue with the new president.
”Global warming has never ‘paused’ and we are anticipating an acceleration of temperature changes within a few decades.”
-Dr. Gavin Schmidt