2014 was the warmest year on record, globally, according to NASA.
The BBC are reporting that 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have occurred since the turn of the century. Since we’ve only had 15 years since the turn of the century (allowing 2000 to count in there, of course) and the instrumental temperature records go back to 1880, that’s fairly damning. (In case you’re wondering, that other ‘warmest’ year was 1998 – so not very far back!)
Couple that with the research that was published a few days ago on sea level rise trends that indicates the sea is rising 25% faster that was thought (3.2mm per year may not sound like a terrifying amount but it’s worse than the previous estimate!) and it looks like climate change is still accelerating – and the rate of acceleration is increasing.
Bad news for the kids. Not good for the rest of us, either, but we won’t have to live with the consequences for so long, since “the rest of your life” gets shorter as you get older.
If you’re planning on moving to the seaside, have a think about rising tides and storm surges – and don’t live too close to the tideline!