By Joe Fletcher | 30 August 2015
In case you missed it, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that the first six months of 2015 were the hottest on record ever. Even though it is still early on in the year, scientists are calling it early and predicting that 2015 will be the hottest year on record.
The Independent reports:
It will mean that the three warmest years since records began in 1880 – 2015, 2014 and 2010 – happened in the past five years, and nine out of the 10 warmest years have all occurred in the 21st century. It demonstrates that global warming is getting worse and underlines the importance of the international meeting in Paris in December to discuss a new legally binding agreement on climate change.
Temperature data on land and sea gathered around the world by US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) and the UK Met Office all points to a significant increase in global average temperatures this year, both on land and sea.
I am skeptical that the Paris climate talks will produce any legally binding agreement on climate change. It is hard for nation-states to come together and create a binding agreement on anything, let alone to come up with an agreement during a meeting that is largely controlled by corporations that derive their profits from emitting greenhouse gases.
While a majority of Americans believe that the planet is getting warmer, 25% of Americans still do not believe that the earth is not warming up. That means that in 2014, just over 80 million people did not believe that global warming exists. Keep in mind, these people are not saying that they do not believe that global warming and subsequent climate change is a product of anthropogenic greenhouse gases. They do not believe in the blatant, demonstrative fact that global warming is happening.
This ignorance is how national embarrassments like Jim “global warming is not real because here is a snowball” Inhofe (R-Okla.) are elected into office. Polls indicate that there is clear cut and dry partisan divide on whether global warming is caused by human activity – with Americans being evenly split on the question. Right now, the United States incapable of producing policy that can mitigate the effects of climate change simply because the GOP has decided to become the party of ignorance and to rule with an iron fist.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Climate Change Debate (HBO)
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