Global temperatures continue to break records

| 26/07/2014

(CNS): Climate experts said this week that it is getting hotter and hotter as the latest statistics reveal another increase in the average monthly temperature breaks records. June saw another global heat record 'hot' on the heels of the temperatures set in May. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average global temperature in June was 61.2 degrees, which is 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average, and beat the record set in 2010 by 1/20 of a degree. Experts said the man in the street may think that sounds insignificant but “it’s like winning a horse race by several lengths” when it comes to temperature records, NOAA climate monitoring chief Derek Arndt said.

The world’s ocean tempura turns were also on the increase breaking the monthly heat record at 62.7 degrees becoming the hottest the oceans for any average month and it is the oceans which are currently pushing up the air temperatures as well.

“We are living in the steroid era of the climate system,” Arndt added.

Although the United States had only its 33rd hottest June, heat records were broken in June on every continent but Antarctica. Particularly high temperatures were recorded in New Zealand, northern South America, Greenland, central Africa and southern Asia.

According to NOAA, the first six months of this year were the third warmest first six months on record, trailing 2010 and 1998. June was the 352nd hotter-than-average month in a row as determined by global temperature records dating back to 1880. All 12 of the world’s monthly heat records have been set since 1997, more than half of them in the last decade.

While global warming will be bad news for everyone in the end the first places to suffer will be low lying islands such as the Cayman Islands where bleaching and other problems will destroy our reefs but where rising sea levels will see increasing land erosion problems.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Well if the sea level rises, shouldn't we fill in the swamp?…….. Ah thought so ,the environmentalists changed their mind again.

    Still confused

  2. Anonymous says:

    As someone who hasn't used air-conditioning in my home in over a year (too expensive), I can agree that it is pretty darned hot. My bill went from 700 to 185.

    God help this country if we have a power cut.

     

  3. Anonymous says:

    Watch a mind blowing NOVA documentary "Earth from space" that shows intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth ..How dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon; how a vast submarine "waterfall" off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents around the world; and how the Sun's heating up of the southern Atlantic gives birth to a colossally powerful hurricane. 

    It is available for free on YouTube or PBS sites.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Global Warming is a fraud to screw you via global taxes (Carbon Emissions)

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeh, and so is sea level rise. You had better invest in row boat if you plan to still be in Cayman 25yrs from now. Ever heard of the Maldives?

      • Anonymous says:

        One of the foremost sea level experts in the world, Swedish scientist Nils-Axel Morner says this, “As someone with some expertise in the field, I can assure the low-lying countries that this is a false alarm. The sea is not rising precipitously. I have studied many of the low-lying regions in my 45-year career recording and interpreting sea level data. I have conducted six field trips to the Maldives; I have been to Bangladesh, whose environment minister was claiming that flooding due to climate change threatened to create in her country 20 million ‘ecological refugees.’ I have carefully examined the data of ‘drowning’ Tuvalu. And I can report that, while such regions do have problems, they need not fear rising sea levels. Our research is what the climate lobby might call an ‘inconvenient truth’; it shows that sea levels have been oscillating close to the present level for the last three centuries. This is not due to melting glaciers: sea levels are affected by a great many factors,such as the speed at which the earth rotates. They rose in the order of 10 to 11 cm between 1850 and 1940, stopped rising or maybe even fell a little until 1970, and have remained roughly flat ever since".

  5. Anonymous says:

    Looks like we'll all have to move on the Bluff.

  6. Anonymous says:

    One small suggestion/  Plant lots of palm trees, all kinds,especialy Royal Palms and  Bismark palms  and  make sure to plant at least  five coconut trees iin your garden back yard.  Every home do this we will be blessed with more rain to cool the earth and the sea.

  7. Anonymous says:

    We'd better hope Miami is affected before we are.

  8. Anonymous says:

    exactly – who cares?

    • Anonymous says:

      As sea levels are rising and Grand cayman is only a few feet above sea level,do the math and realise that we should care idf not for our sake but for your children.

      • Anonymous says:

        But the PPM made it clear it wants a large part of the population to leave in the next few years, so why should they care?  My home town is 770 feet above sea level, so I am OK.  And my children we be just fine.

  9. Anonymous says:

    any comment form osbourne bodden???????

    • Anonymous says:

      Bobo listen:

       

      1. Ozzie just got into the job 13 months ago, global warming been happening for years and years;

      2. Ozzie is not the Minister for Environment, Wayne is and he too just got in 13 months ago and is doing something beneficial for us;

      3. I think the people you would like to hear from on this are Mark Scotland and Jennifer Ahearn, the previous Minister and Chief Officer of Environment who were responsible from 2009.

  10. Anonymous says:

    who cares?….. we live in a place where we burn diesel for power every hour of the day…….3rd world nonsense……