These are the dog days of summer, and there’s no better reminder of this than an update on what’s shaping up to be the hottest year on record. Here are a couple items you should know about this month:
The hottest month on record, ever, was July 2016 (since modern record-keeping began).
Notable Climate News
You know the headlines on climate change: Last year was the hottest year ever recorded. Since 2001, we have experienced fifteen of the 16 warmest years on record.
Each of the past 12 months was the hottest on record. The sea level is rising, wild storms are more frequent, and the warnings seem more ominous each month.
Now that scientists have determined that 2015 was the hottest year on record, let's get serious about our clean energy future — and create jobs doing it.
Published in the East Bay Express
For years Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee have asked for a hearing on the effects of climate change. And for years, that simple request – that we have an honest discussion before the oldest standing committee in the House about a problem faced the world over – has been denied.
In California, climate change is no longer an abstract concept found in the scientific journals. Record temperatures, extreme drought and a surge in devastating wildfires are a daily and painful reminder of the new challenges we now face.
The global mission to confront climate change has never been more urgent. Last year was the hottest year on record for the planet Earth, and an unprecedented concentration of carbon dioxide is now in our atmosphere, surpassing 400 parts per million for the first time in at least 800,000 years.
September is National Preparedness Month, and as we mark this month we must remember our most vulnerable communities and the lessons learned from previous disasters. Doing so will enable us to better prepare these communities and strengthen our responses to future disasters.