El Niño gone, but record heat stick­ing around

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Fed­eral sci­en­tists say Earth’s record 2016 heat is now danc­ing near lev­els that a world agree­ment is try­ing to avoid. The Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion says glob­ally, June was the 14th straight record hot month, with Earth av­er­ag­ing 61.52 de­grees (16.4 de­grees Cel­sius). That is 1.62 de­grees (0.9 de­grees Cel­sius) warmer than av­er­age. NASA chief cli­mate sci­en­tist Gavin Sch­midt says 2016 to date is by far the warm­est year on record, close to 2.7 de­grees warmer (1.5 de­grees Cel­sius) than pre-in­dus­trial times. A 2015 in­ter­na­tional pact set a goal of avoid­ing 1.5 de­grees Cel­sius warm­ing. Sch­midt and NOAA cli­mate sci­en­tist Jake Crouch said 2016 will likely be the hottest year on record for a third con­sec­u­tive year. Arc­tic sea ice has also shrunk to a record low level.

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