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Climate Change Broke Temperature Records In 2013

Scientists record record temperatures in 2013.

The effects of climate change are getting more and more apparent as scientists continue to compile present data and compare it to recorded history.

According to Live Science, 2013 tied for the fourth hottest year ever recorded on Earth due to climate change. Information released by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that the combined land and ocean surface temperatures across the globe were 1.12 degrees Fahrenheit (or 0.62 degrees Celsius) above the average temperature of the 20th century, which was 57 F (13.9 C). Climate data from the past 134 years has been examined to identify a steady trend of rising temperatures, which most climate scientists attribute to the increase in greenhouse gasses (like carbon dioxide) due to emissions from industry, power, and transportation.

According to NASA, as a result of global warming, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than it has been in over 800,000 years and currently stands at 400 parts per million.

“Long-term trends in surface temperatures are unusual and 2013 adds to the evidence for ongoing climate change,” said climatologist Gavin Schmidt from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. “While one year or one season can be affected by random weather events, this analysis shows the necessity for continued, long-term monitoring.”

Yahoo! News reported that global warming was responsible for record highs throughout 2013, showing a trend of gradually rising temperature over the past few decades. In fact, most parts of the planet experienced annual temperatures higher than average. Australia experienced the warmest year it has ever had, and Argentina and New Zealand their second and third warmest, respectively. The temperature record at the South Pole was also shattered, with a peak temperature recorded at -53 degrees Fahrenheit (-47 degrees Celsius).

“The climate is changing more rapidly in today’s world than at any time in modern civilization,” said Thomas Karl, director at NOAA National Climatic Data Center. “If we look at it like we’re trying to maintain an ideal weight, then we’re continuing to see ourselves put more weight on from year to year.”

This information comes directly from the American Meteorological Society, which published an online report you can read here.

NASA's graph on rising temperatures.

The Inquisitr has reported on climate change many times in the past, speculating about the long term effects of global warming. Rumors of its damaging effects range from the extinction of redheads to the vulnerability of the military. While it’s still uncertain what will happen to the planet in the long run, few experts deny the existence of climate change or humanity’s influence on it. Some are still skeptical, of course, but NASA reports that 97 percent of scientists agree on global warming and cites a long list of scientific organizations that support the theory of climate change.

“Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities,and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.”

What do you think about climate change and the record-breaking temperatures in 2013?

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19 Responses to “Climate Change Broke Temperature Records In 2013”

  1. John A. Jenks

    Well Hell's Bells folks, it's been a couple degrees lower than usual in my back yard and that's how "We the People" know that this climate change thing is nothing but a hoax. Also because Rush and Sean told me it was.

  2. Anonymous

    We are coming out of a mini ice age which ended about 1850. Temperatures of course have risen since 1850. But even the authors of this hackneyed article admit that temperatures have not risen in the past 20 years and in fact are declining slightly.

    This is completely normal global warming and has stopped even though one half of all C02 emitted by man has been produced in the last 20 years. C02 has minimal influence on climate and credible meteorologists around the world are predicting the strong possibility that we are entering a prolonged period of global cooling.

  3. Victor Schwanberg

    13 of the 14 warmest years in recorded weather history have all occurred in the opening years of the 21st century. Each of the last three decades has been warmer than the previous one and the 2001 to 2010 decade is the warmest in history so far. Last month was the hottest May globally since records began in 1880, according to a climate report released recently by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. You might also like to watch this youtube video http://youtu.be/QsXUZkwCH_Y

  4. Fred Middleton

    'Recorded' temperature is the thermometer record of about 130 years here in the U.S. . Climate as a whole is dynamic over some 1500 years + or -. There are graphs available – government created (funded) showing 600yr-6000yr-6million yr. Reviewing the only known inventory of United States Surface Stations, and the degree of 'site contamination' should be one of the wake up calls for the science community. These long term proxy earth temperature are quite revealing looking at the United States 'Record of 1880 forward and where it ply's in the 'average' temperature graph line. The 97% 'agreement' has been thoroughly dissected into numerous erroneous particles. Faulty math-methodology.

  5. Nairb Nitram

    Awww man stop with thsi global warming/climate change BS already, nobody is buying it.Paerhaps a few Morons who don't think for themselves but thats it!

  6. Anonymous

    Where did you get the idea that the authors "admit that temperatures have not risen in the past 20 years and in fact are declining slightly? These authors sure say nothing of the kind in this article given that the article is about the forth warmest year on record. This misinformation by deniers is another example of trying to divert attention from the reality of what is happening in the climate. The global temperature may have slowed its pace slightly but the trend is still continued to a warmer climate, the Arctic ice cover is continuing to recede and glaciers continue recede around the world.

    Your really spout crap when you say that CO2 has minimal influence on climate. There is no science to support that.

  7. Mary Thompson

    If we had real global warming, the temps would never go down in the winter but we had the coldest winter in the last 100 years!! There is not enough real history to state we are causing the climate to go bad!

  8. Phillip Noe

    MoreOns v.s. MoreOffs?
    Only the misinformed, uninformed, deluded, and the dishonest say that humans aren't warming the planet. Over 40 years of science and some would prefer to consume what the koch brothers feed them. Good grief.

  9. Nairb Nitram

    Go feed your manuare to the vegetables, I'm Human I perfer the truth, not the manipulations of Money grubbing Politicians & government funded scientist.

  10. Floyd Howard Jr.

    Dems are trying to legislate a narrative change hurting the American people in the process! All Democrats and supporters here and abroad, are trying to flood the media with hysterical climate change & global warming alarms and fabricated evidence to take the heat off Dem candidates in the November 2014 and 2016 elections due to the train wreck of Obamacare! They shout, scream, cry, make outlandish claims and won't stop till after the elections! Poor Democrats! The tsunami cometh!

  11. Rich Balance

    No, the reason "We" know it's a hoax is the planet stopped warming nearly two decades ago despite exponentially increasing CO2 emissions. To anyone with any critical thinking capability this article demonstrates how the hoax operates. The people who benefit from the hoax ignore the more accurate satellite data from the NOAA-15 satellite and only mention the data from surface stations where around 90% do not meet their own standards. Now, why would they ignore the best data? Simple, it is this inmanipulated data that shows the planet is not warming.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/rss/from:1996.67/plot/rss/from:1996.67/trend

    The big question is why you weren't able to figure this out for yourself.

  12. Rich Balance

    Another easily led cultist believes only what he is told to believe. Please explain why the much higher quality satellite data does not support your claims?

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/rss/from:1996.67/plot/rss/from:1996.67/trend

    Please explain why only the last 150 years is relevant when we know as a fact that we coming out of the coldest period in the last 10,000 years and we aren't even close to being warm relative the the entire interglacial.

    http://i.snag.gy/BztF1.jpg

  13. Rich Balance

    What do I think? There were no record breaking temperatures and the climate has always changed. The big question is why you as reporter failed to dig up the much more accurate NOAA/NASA satellite data which demonstrates my opinion is accurate while you are simply repeating the propaganda of those who depend on climate funding.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/rss/from:1996.67/plot/rss/from:1996.67/trend

    Not to mention the much warmer times that preceded the last 150 years.

    http://i.snag.gy/BztF1.jpg

  14. David Effler

    Hottest day recorded (or fourth hottest day, etc.) is a meaningless expression. Reliable temperature records have been kept at best for 150 years. The earth is 4.6 billion years old, and the CO2 content of the air has been at least as high as 7,000 parts per million (it is currently about 400 parts per million). Before you start a jeremiad rant like this, try to get things into perspective.

  15. Dennis Bird

    The 1930's were the hottest decade of the 20th century, yet the graph shoes them much cooler. Utter bulldinky.,

  16. Mike Simone Nocks

    Extinction of Redheads? That's what Lucille Ball died of? Global Warming?