Changing weather patterns, as you know, can cause major disruptions to our economy--and major hits--and to our daily lives.
Here we see average temperatures rising...globally. That means farming suffers, water shortage exasperate, AC runs constantly and life gets very uncomfortable in urban centers. Kids, older adults are exposed to unhealthy conditions. Air quality levels degrade.
The evidence mounts that we continue to overheat the atmosphere. Despite that we keep buying big SUV's and building mammoth, oversize houses. Something has to give--we are headed for hitting the proverbial wall.
Time for us all to reduce, fast, our carbon footprint.
A man finds a bit of shade on the boardwalk at Brighton Beach in New York City.
Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report that July had the highest average temperatures in records since 1880.
And it's not just in the U.S. Average July temperatures around the world set heat records too, NPR's Kat Chow reports.
She tells our Newscast unit that:
Part of reason for the hotter temperatures is El Nino, Kat says."This confirms what NASA and a Japanese agency found using separate data.
"Jake Crouch is a climate scientist with NOAA. 'So now that we're fairly certain that 2015 will be the warmest year on record, it's time for us to start looking at, what are the impacts for us, what does that mean for people on the ground' [says Crouch]."
Here are a few facts from NOAA:
- Year-to-date, the average land surface temperature around the world was up 2.41 degrees Fahrenheit from the 20th century average.
- The average size for sea ice in the Arctic in July was 350,000 square miles. That's the eighth-smallest size for the month since ice size records began in 1979, but it's the largest area covered since 2009.
- The global average sea surface temperature in July was 1.35 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than it ever has been previously.