First half of 2015 hottest on record globally: NOAA

Want China Times
Date: 2015-07-23

The average global temperature in the first six months of 2015 was the highest ever recorded

A hot sunny day in Taipei, July 4. (Photo/Ma Hsiang'en)

A hot sunny day in Taipei, July 4. (Photo/Ma Hsiang’en)

for that period, and the trend is likely to continue for the rest of the year, according to a recent report issued by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

In June, the average global temperature was 16.33 degrees Celsius, the highest on record for that month, and there is a good chance that the 2015 temperature will rise beyond the yearly average, the report said.

In the first half of 2015, the land and sea-surface temperatures were 0.85 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average and 0.09 degrees higher than the previous annual record in 2010, according to the NOAA.

Commenting on the report, two Taiwanese climate scientists said Wednesday that global warming is essentially irreversible.

Cheng Ming-dean, director of Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau forecast center, said average global temperatures have continued to rise, mainly due to increased levels of greenhouse gas emissions and changes in the Earth’s climate.     [FULL  STORY]

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