2016 to be Warmest Year in Recorded History

The World Meteorological Organization predicted 2016 to have the highest average temperature ever recorded.

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With temperatures rising, many people around the world are feeling the need to take a stand and do something to try and fix the practices causing global warming.

Kyle Whitely

With temperatures rising, many people around the world are feeling the need to take a stand and do something to try and fix the practices causing global warming.

According to meteorologists at the WMO, the 2015 record for world’s warmest year ever is set to be broken as a result of the El Niño winter the Earth saw early this year and warm temperatures seen throughout the globe.

“Another year, another record,” WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said in an interview with The Weather Channel. “The high temperatures we saw in 2015 are set to be beaten in 2016 and the extra heat from the powerful El Niño event has disappeared. The heat from global warming will continue.”

According to The Weather Channel, September of 2016 was the first month since early 2015 to not break the record for highest average temperature in that month. Nonetheless, this staggering fact backs up WMO’s latest data result that 16 of the last 17 warmest recorded years in history have occurred in this century.

“I know it’s global warming,” senior Justin Prinn said. “This has an effect on the Earth as a whole because it is rapidly changing many ecosystems.”

Since the late 1800s, global temperatures have risen. Rapid growth has occurred since the 1940s as temperatures peaked at around 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial times in the years leading up to World War Two. However in the 2010s, temperatures have witnessed exponential growth, peaking at just under 1.2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times.

“It’s extremely alarming,” junior Julia Murillo said. “The fact that this is happening so quickly means we have to make a change or our world may suffer the costs.”

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