Planet smashes heat record for summer

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - By Seth Borenstein

WASHINGTON — An­other month, an­other global heat record smashed.

The Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion on Tues­day said Au­gust’s tem­per­a­ture of 61.74 de­grees was .09 de­grees warmer than the old Au­gust record set last year, and was the 16th con­sec­u­tive month of record-break­ing heat.

NOAA mon­i­tor­ing chief Deke Arndt said it was also the hottest summer, with 2016 on pace to smash last year’s record for the hottest year.

Au­gust 2016 was also 1.66 de­grees warmer than the 20th-cen­tury av­er­age. It was the fifth hottest month of any kind recorded, go­ing back to 1880. Six of the 17 hottest months on record have been the summer months of 2015 and 2016.

The June-through-Au­gust summer was 2.18 de­grees warmer than the 20th-cen­tury av­er­age and beat the old summer heat record, set last year, by one-fifth of a de­gree, NOAA said. “The nee­dle has been shoved all the way over into the red by green­house gases,” Arndt said.

NOAA’s an­nounce­ment came on a day when 375 mem­bers of the Na­tional Academy of Sciences re­leased a let­ter urg­ing U.S. lead­ers not to pull out of an in­ter­na­tional agree­ment to curb global warm­ing.

Or­ga­nizer Kerry Emanuel said the sci­en­tists wrote the let­ter in re­sponse to the Repub­li­can Party plat­form that re­jects the Paris cli­mate agree­ment reached in De­cem­ber.

The let­ter said pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump’s ad­vo­cacy of with­draw­ing from that agree­ment would “send a clear sig­nal to the rest of the world: The United States does not care about the global prob­lem of hu­man- caused cli­mate change.”

Pulling out of the Paris ac­cord, Emanuel said, “will ac­cel­er­ate our head-long plunge into a riskier and riskier cli­mate.”

PHILIPPE HUGUEN/GETTY-AFP

A wave of heat washes over French beach-go­ers Aug 25 in Calais — the 16th month in a row of record-break­ing heat.

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