hottest year on record

2016 is off to a sizzling start, but it may not top 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history.
I fear this news story might turn into a blip that gets tons of attention and is then forgotten after a few days. But it's a topic that deserves sustained attention.
This week, the Oscar race heated up, with Birdman and Grand Budapest Hotel leading the way with nine nominations each. In much more serious news, the planet itself continues to heat up, with NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announcing that 2014 was the hottest year in the 135 years since record-keeping began. What's more, the next 10 hottest years have all been since 1998. "The record 2014 temperatures underscore the undeniable fact that we are witnessing, before our eyes, the effects of human-caused climate change," said climate scientist Michael Mann. Of course, we've seen this movie before -- with alarming warnings about our steadily warming world repeatedly met with inaction. It's like "Groundhog Day," only without the laughs. Unless we rewrite the script, and push our leaders to adopt the long-term thinking that this challenge requires, we'll soon be facing a [SPOILER ALERT] very unhappy ending.
This long-running record heat contributes to an expensive "new normal" for global businesses and national economies, raising the cost due to shifting weather patterns and more extreme heat waves, storms and droughts that can be fueled by a changing climate.
"The record temperatures should put to rest the absurd notion of a “pause" (what I refer to as the “Faux Pause”) in global
With 2014 weighing in as the hottest year on record, the window to mitigate global warming rapidly shrinks. It's time to eliminate the debate that action on climate change will harm economic growth.
This story originally appeared on Climate Central. Another sign of that longer trend is the fact that the last time a year
Statistics permeates all of science and society. Climate science is no exception. To answer the question about how precisely we know that a given year is the warmest on record, we need some kind of specification of the uncertainty in each yearly continental U.S. temperature.
But much of the East Coast was wetter than average last month, from the Southern Plains through the Mid-Atlantic states. Stormy
We're in trouble. If we don't act -- quickly -- the consequences could be devastating. But the good news is that President Obama has extremely powerful existing tools to fight climate change right now -- if only he would use them.
It wasn’t just the averages that were unusual for the first 11 months of 2012, either: the U.S. Climate Extremes Index, which
The storm was so intense at landfall that it set a record for the lowest air pressure reading observed in the Northeast, at
NOAA’s latest State of the Climate roundup shows that September marked the 16th month in a row with above-average temperatures
According to the National Climatic Data Center, 1998 was the warmest year on record in the U.S., with an average temperature
Yes, it really is getting hot out there. A new report finds that the past 12 months have been the warmest on record for the