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Sun Sep 13, 2015, 07:15 AM Sep 2015

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How dire is the situation? One National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate scientist looked at the data and remarked: "I’m at a loss for words."


Summer 2015 set to be world's hottest ever as US temperatures again soar

US had its 12-hottest summer but seven of the warmer seasons were in last 15 years. With ocean temperatures rising, scientists warn: ‘It’s definitely not good’

Joanna Walters in New York
Saturday 12 September 2015 08.00 EDT Last modified on Saturday 12 September 2015 08.03 EDT

New data showing that the US had its 12th-hottest summer on record may not, at first glance, appear particularly significant or alarming.

But in announcing the news, climate scientists have pointed out that, of the 11 American summers that were recorded as warmer than 2015’s, seven have occurred in the last 15 years; the other four were all during the “Dustbowl” 1930s heatwaves that plagued the US during the Great Depression.

And, as part of the climate warming trend globally, next Thursday a federal agency is set to announce the latest worldwide figures that are likely to show that it was officially the hottest summer ever recorded on the planet, and the hottest first eight months of the year to date.

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On Thursday it’s expected officially to be confirmed that the first eight months have been the warmest on record so far and the warmest three-month period June to August, constituting the hottest summer ever logged for the northern hemisphere.

Crouch pointed out that in the first seven months of 2015, worldwide figures had shown that the globe was almost a degree warmer than average and August figures are likely to have been boosted by the strengthening El Niño pattern.

“It’s extraordinary how much of the ocean is at record warm temperatures – about 75% to 80% of the world’s oceans are at record or near record warmth,” he said.

“I’m at a loss for words. It’s definitely not good.”

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"I'm at a loss for words." [View all] Hissyspit Sep 2015 OP
It's truly amazing that so many in the scientific community are in on this hoax Martin Eden Sep 2015 #1
Our collective ignorance is truly frightening. nt Live and Learn Sep 2015 #2
We are an arrogant species. -none Sep 2015 #5
+1 and love your user name. nt Live and Learn Sep 2015 #7
Thanks -none Sep 2015 #10
Yep, we are one or else we are none. nt Live and Learn Sep 2015 #16
It's criminal for lawmakers to deny climate change tblue Sep 2015 #3
They remember Jimmy Carter talking about limits, swept out by "Morning In America" Ronald Reagan Overseas Sep 2015 #35
Reagan was actually quite the technocrat--a "we'll just invent our way out of it like we did last MisterP Sep 2015 #36
They will discover that ignorance is never malaise Sep 2015 #4
Unfortunately, most of them will probably die of natural causes before the real consequensces hit. Live and Learn Sep 2015 #9
All except for Cheney.... dixiegrrrrl Sep 2015 #29
So true. nt Live and Learn Sep 2015 #41
Among all the other things, all you tens of millions of kids enjoy that soccer game they drove you jtuck004 Sep 2015 #6
Nothing has worked because the ruling class is insanely greedy. dixiegrrrrl Sep 2015 #30
I just got back from Alaska a week ago DFW Sep 2015 #8
Florida has had huge rains. Lake Santa Fe is in folks' backyards. Eleanors38 Sep 2015 #37
It's a crisis and we need to act NOW rosesaylavee Sep 2015 #11
This Changes Everything.... daleanime Sep 2015 #12
Yes! rosesaylavee Sep 2015 #23
Thanks for the recommends! daleanime Sep 2015 #26
My efforts have always been met with anger. Duppers Sep 2015 #14
Mine too, or with denial Brainstormy Sep 2015 #15
My brother, along with others.. Duppers Sep 2015 #17
Don't send it him then -- but keep rosesaylavee Sep 2015 #21
Good advice. Frankly, the Far Right corporatists are FAR more sophisticated and effective... Eleanors38 Sep 2015 #38
This is one of my all time favorite videos on RW Climate Acceptance rosesaylavee Sep 2015 #40
Nobody wants to listen to me, either -- I've tried. I joined a naturalist group that Nay Sep 2015 #22
Sometimes groups are in a groove rosesaylavee Sep 2015 #24
My elderly aunt who is enamored of Trump rosesaylavee Sep 2015 #20
Agreed, it's a tough conversation - these groups give rosesaylavee Sep 2015 #19
Game Over. RoccoR5955 Sep 2015 #13
Maybe it is...sigh wcmagumba Sep 2015 #27
Science is hard. TBF Sep 2015 #18
What makes it worse is the deliberate intentional dumbing down of our students. dixiegrrrrl Sep 2015 #31
Textbooks are written in Texas - TBF Sep 2015 #32
I was able to give my kids alternative resources dixiegrrrrl Sep 2015 #33
We try to do that as well TBF Sep 2015 #34
Kick, kick, kick! Heidi Sep 2015 #25
And Kick nt Hissyspit Sep 2015 #42
Nothing is done because the oil industry pays azmom Sep 2015 #28
Don't have kids PasadenaTrudy Sep 2015 #39
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