The quote in the title of this post is from Jerry Meehl, a top and senior climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. His observation, from an article today by the excellent Justin Gillis of the NY Times, could not be topped for its trenchancy. It is all too on the money. What’s the news? 2015 was the hottest year in the instrumental record, dating to 1880.
The graphic above illustrates how hotter ocean and atmospheric temperatures drive any number of dangerous and destructive weather events and climate trends. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared 2014 Earth’s warmest year on record. The Japan Meteorological Agency had the same finding last week. Today, NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies has provided further confirmation. The UK’s Hadley Center will come out soon with yet another series of data, undoubtedly showing the same thing. (Here is an excellent explanation from them of how these records are compiled and interpreted.)