Global Warming. Yes, we know you’ve heard a lot about it, but… is it really happening? Yes. It is. Temperatures are changing at unusual levels. Hurricanes, tornados, and storms keep happening. Sea levels keep rising. Still need more convincing? Below, find the top three facts that demonstrate that Global Warming IS real:
1. Temperature keeps rising (or lowering) at unusual and extreme levels:
- According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), global temperature rose by 1.1°F in the 20th Century.
- 2010 is estimated to be the warmest recorded temperature followed by 2005 and 2012 (which is the 9th.)
- The land-air and sea-surface mean temperature for 2001-2010 was approximately 0.8°F warmer than in the 1961-1990 period.
- 2012 was the warmest year in the United States according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
- North America and Northern Eurasia have been experiencing colder winters recently, possibly due to the warming of the Arctics.
2. Sea levels are rising.
- The global mean sea levels have doubled in the past decade compared to the 20th century trend of 1.6 mm per year.
3. Natural disasters are happening more often:
- Just in 2005 there were a total of 27 named storms.
- 15 of those reached hurricane intensity and 7 were classified as major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher).
- Hurricane Katrina occurred in 2005 as a Category-5 and the most devastating in the past decade.
- In 2006 storm Durian killed 1000 people in the Philippines and affected 1.5 million. -- The most destructive storm.
- In 2008 Tropical cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar killing around 138’000 people and affecting 8 million.
- Russia (and earlier, some countries in Western Europe) experienced extreme heat haves in 2010.
- Pakistan was affected by major floods in 2010 affecting 20 million people.
- This year, 2013; Australia, Brazil and the United States have experienced extreme heat.
Sources: World Meteorological Organization's Summary of Current Climate Change and The Global Climate 2001-2010: A decade of Climate Extremes Summary Report
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