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NASA report says February has broken global temperature records by stunning margin
Global temperatures have been smashing many old records for the past many months, and now a new NASA report adds February 2016 in the list of record-breaker months. According to the report, the shortest month of the year has broken century-old temperature record with a huge margin.
In February, the average surface temperature across the globe was about 1.35 degrees Celsius warmer than the average global surface temperature in February from 1951 to 1980, as per data collected by NASA. The margin was stunning as previous record was set by January 2016 when the average temperature was 1.15 degree Celsius warmer than long-term average for the month.
The new NASA report is a surprising climate report, said experts Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, who studied the data on the Weather Underground website. February 2016 broke last month’s record by 0.21 degree Celsius, which is actually a great margin, they added.
“This result is a true shocker, and yet another reminder of the incessant long-term rise in global temperature resulting from human-produced greenhouse gases. We are now hurtling at a frightening pace toward the globally agreed maximum of 2C warming over pre-industrial levels”, Masters and Henson continued.
Scientists have linked the record surge in average global temperatures in 2016 to increasing global warming and El Nino weather event. They have urged governments around the world that participated in a Paris summit in December last year to take immediate actions to curb greenhouse gas emissions so that climate change can be slowed down.
In the Paris summit, 195 countries announced to cut greenhouse gas emissions to a net zero by 2100. They pledged to stop using fossil fuels and prefer greener energies like wind and solar power.