Earth is entering its third worldwide coral bleaching event of the last 20 years--a disturbing example of how a warming planet can harm vital ecosystems--NOAA announced on Thursday. NOAA also released an eight-month outlook that projects even more bleaching to come in 2016.
Dr. Jeff Masters
Published: September 22, 2015
We’re in the midst of a landmark period for our changing climate: the warmest year thus far in the warmest decade in global records. This is also a crucial time for dialogue on climate change, as we approach a major UN meeting in Paris this December. How have emissions of carbon dioxide evolved over the last 45 years, and how will that shape the negotiations in Paris?
August 2015 was Earth's hottest August on record, and the Northern Hemisphere summer period of June-July-August was the hottest summer since record keeping began in 1880, said NOAA. NASA rated August 2015 as the 2nd warmest August on record. August 2015's warmth makes the year-to-date period (January - August) the warmest such period on record, according to both NOAA and NASA.