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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Breaking Records is No Longer a Good Thing....

2016 is a record-breaking year.

And here you were all along, thinking it was just another year gone by. Now, I’m sure you’re so excited—more records is more fun, more accomplishment, right?

But believe it or not, 2016 was the year with the hottest summers, the coldest winters, the strongest winds, and the worst fires. Whether we decide to attribute such environmental patterns to humans or not, you’ve got to admit it’s a little scary.

This past June was the hottest month of June ever recorded. And the same goes from the hottest May, hottest April, and the entire last year which has recorded the highest ever monthly temperatures. Yikes! In fact, in June, Iraq and Kuwait brought the thermometer to 129 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest temperature ever other than the historic reading in 1913 in Death Valley.

If you haven’t heard, carbon dioxide is the gas that is primarily responsible for global warming. And carbon dioxide levels have been on the rise ever since cars got on the road. But this year, the carbon rate accelerated, increasing by 3.1 parts per million (ppm) to bring us over 400 ppm for the first time in man's history. YIKES

What more? The Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world, was almost entirely killed, it’s coral “bleached” by the warm water current from El Nino. Only 7% of the entire reef escaped bleaching. Y-I-K-E-S.

So you’ve probably heard the joke about the polar bears drowning as their ice melts away. Well, my friends, this is unfortunately not a joke. This year also is on track to have the smallest amount of ocean ice ever-- meaning polar bears and seals lose their habitats, and the sea levels are rising.


Needless to say, if our world continues to warm at this rate, every year is going to be a record-breaking year going forward. Are you scared? Inspired? Either way, take action (https://carbonfund.org/reduce/) to avoid breaking more of these “records.” It starts with just one person, making a difference.

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Post by Katia G., Homework Assistant

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