Peña: It’s getting hot in here

EARTH is getting hotter. According to a report of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States, Earth has 2nd warmest year to date and 3rd warmest May on record. This is was on the report released last June 19.

Last May, the average global temperature was 1.49 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 58.6 degrees, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. This average temperature was the third highest for May in the 1880-2017 record, behind May 2015 (second) and a record-breaking May 2016.

The year-to-date average temperature was 1.66 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 55.5 degrees. This was the second warmest f or this period, behind the record set in 2016.

Also in the report are the following notable climate events and facts around the world last month:

u2022 The average Arctic sea ice extent for May was 5.3 percent below the 1981-2010 average, the fifth smallest for the month since satellite records began in 1979. The average Antarctic sea ice extent was 10.6 percent below average, the second smallest on record for May behind 1980.

u2022 The Northern Hemisphere snow cover extent was 9 percent above average, the 12th largest in the 51-year record. North America had its 18th largest snow cover, while Eurasia had its 12th largest.

u2022 The globally averaged land-surface temperature (seventh warmest for the month of May) and the sea-surface temperature (third warmest) ranked second highest on record for the March-to-May season and the year to date.

u2022 Africa had its warmest May on record; South America, its fourth; Asia, it’s ninth; North America, its 15th; Europe, its 16th (tied with 2014); and Oceania, its 20th.

This report comes at a time when the Par is Agreement to halt Climate Change is facing a serious obstacle. President Trump withdrew from the Paris accord because of what he said are the ‘draconian financial and economic burdens’ the agreement imposes on the U.S. The United States is the second biggest emitter of global warming gas next to China.

COP22 President, Salaheddine Mezouar however said that despite the decision of the United States to withdraw, climate action remains undeniable and irreversible.

“Our collective efforts to fight climate change don’t stop, not here, not today, quite the contrary they accelerate. Nations of the world, State and Non-State actors, governments, civil society, companies, NGOs and universities are already engaged in the transition towards a clean and sustainable future ripe with economic opportunity and jobs, all while being respectful of the environment. We will maintain our spirit of collaboration and ambition adopted in the Marrakech Proclamation and we will continue to pursue our collective efforts to fully implement the Paris Agreement. Today, we reaffirm, more than ever, our commitment to collective action for our climate and sustainable development, in particular for the most vulnerable. The future of our children and our planet depend on us,” he said.

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