NASA: October 2016 was the second warmest October in 136 years

From NASA: “A map of the October 2016 LOTI (land-ocean temperature index) anomaly, showing that the Arctic region was much warmer than average. The United States and North Africa were also relatively warm. The largest area of cooler temperatures stretched across Russia.” Image credit: NASA (screen capture)

by: Obert Madondo |  | Published December 19, 2016, by The Canadian Progressive

In June, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and 30 other leading scientific organizations told members of the U.S. Congress: “Climate change is real.”

Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York just revealed that October 2016 was “the second warmest October in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures.” Even more alarming is the fact that the last three Octobers are the warmest on record.

The update comes at a time the world’s most powerful nation of earth prepares for a climate-denying leadership.

President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office as the 45th President of the United States on Jan. 20, once said the “concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive”.

Trump has threatened to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Climate change denier Rick Perry will be Trump’s energy secretary.

According to Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki, climate “deniers are all over the map; climate realists are all over the world.” A climate denier once ruled this country. Former prime minister Stephen Harper was a member of the global climate criminals’ club – leaders whose counties made major contributions to climate change while they’re unwilling to act. In 2015, the Guardian (UK) reported that Harper’s anti-evidence Conservative government had spent million on taxpayers’ money on tar sands advocacy.  The scientific journal Nature recently stated that 85% of Canada’s tar sands must “remain in the ground” to limit global warming.

A piece published by Rolling Stone in Feb. 2015 argued that climate deniers “put national security at risk.”

Here’s the rest of GISS’ press statement:

October 2016’s temperature was 0.18 degrees Celsius cooler than the warmest October in 2015. Last month was 0.89 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean October temperature from 1951-1980.

The top three October temperature anomalies have been the past three years. 2015 was the hottest on record, 1.07 degrees Celsius warmer than the October mean temperature, followed by 2016 and 2014. The top 10 October temperature anomalies all have occurred since 2000.

“We continue to stress that long-term trends are the important thing, much more so than monthly rankings,” said GISS director Gavin Schmidt.

The monthly analysis by the GISS team is assembled from publicly available data acquired by about 6,300 meteorological stations around the world, ship- and buoy-based instruments measuring sea surface temperature, and Antarctic research stations.

The modern global temperature record begins around 1880 because previous observations didn’t cover enough of the planet. Monthly analyses are sometimes updated when additional data becomes available, and the results are subject to change.

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based progressive blogger, and the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive. Follow him on Twitter: @Obiemad

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based independent journalist and progressive political blogger. He's the publisher and editor of The Canadian Progressive.