Soft rain this Monday morning on California’s north coast, maybe a rung lower than drizzle, as our latest storm front seems to be finally dying out, even after yesterday’s beautiful, bright afternoon.
Light-rain came at dark, accompanied by sporadic, though, horrific-sounding thunder, and has continued since.
Also horrific, quote of the day: “This is the first time we’re set to reach the 1C marker and it’s clear that it is human influence driving our modern climate into uncharted territory.”
Maybe a histogram to humanity.
(Illustration found here).
Words above from Stephen Belcher, director of the UK’s Met Office, which released a startling report today, sort of last-chance-wake-up-call for everybody — he continued, “We have passed the halfway mark to the 2C target.”
Via the Guardian this morning:
2015 is also set to be the hottest on record, as the temperatures are so far beating past records “by a country mile”, they said.
The World Meteorological Organization further announced on Monday that 2016 would be the first year in which the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is over 400ppm on average, due to the continued burning of fossil fuels.
The Met Office’s data from January to September 2015 already shows global average temperatures have risen by 1C for the first time compared to pre-industrial times.
The rise is due to the “unequivocal” influence of increasing carbon emissions combined with the El Niño climate phenomenon currently under way.
The Met Office expects the full-year temperature for 2015 to remain above 1C. It was below 0.9C in 2014, marking a sharp rise in climate terms.
The impacts of climate change are analysed in other research presented on Monday by the UK’s Avoid project.
It found that, compared to unchecked global warming, keeping the temperature rise below 2C would reduce heatwaves by 89 percent, flooding by 76 percent, cropland decline by 41 percent and water stress by 26 percent.
Hard numbers for a real-hard situation.
In continuing fashion with some dense digits, too, and closer to my shoreline, also this morning, an El Niño update via WunderBlog: ‘The weekly sea surface temperature reading, taken within the Niño 3.4 region near the equator, has risen to 2.8°C above average. This is the highest value observed to date during this event and ties the highest weekly departure of 2.8°C recorded in late November 1997 during the record-setting 1997-98 El Niño.’