This year is already on track to being the hottest in recorded history, according to climate scientists at the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
With July temperatures being reported as the second highest in history, the months of March, April, May, and June were each reported as the highest ever on record.
David Easterling of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center also noted the unusual finding in June that land masses across the entire globe were warm.
Moreover, 17 countries, comprising 19% of the Earth’s total land area and including northern nations such as Finland and Russia, have set new records for the most oppressive heat.
This is the largest surface area of the planet to be experiencing such unprecedented temperatures in the same year. Remarking on these alarming numbers, Dr. Mark Serreze, Director of the US National Snow and Ice Data Center stated, “The point of the matter is that global warming has not stopped.”
Kevin Trenberth, head of the climate analysis section at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), further warned that in such conditions, we should prepare for increased tropical storms, saying, “The last time it was this warm was when we had the record-breaking hurricane season that led to Katrina and Rita, and we ran out of alphabet (characters).
This year the temperatures in the Atlantic are higher than they were in 2005.” Thank you all researchers and scientists for your detailed efforts to factually document the climate changes of our planet.
We pray that we may stop this dangerous cycle with our every effort to shift towards sustainable living. During a November 2009 videoconference in Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of such adverse global warming effects as temperature increases, highlighting at the same time an effective and swift way to reverse them.