2016-07-19. Global Temperatures Are on Course for Another Record This Year.

posted Jul 21, 2016, 2:46 PM by Alan Gould
By Henry Fountain, The New York Times. For GSS Climate Change chapter 4. Excerpt: ...NASA scientists announced on Tuesday that global temperatures so far this year were much higher than in the first half of 2015. Gavin Schmidt, the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, said that while the first six months of 2015 made it the hottest half-year ever recorded, “2016 really has blown that out of the water.” He said calculations showed there was a 99 percent probability that the full year would be hotter than 2015. Dr. Schmidt said the world was now “dancing” with the temperature targets set last year in the Paris climate treaty for nations to limit climate change. He attributed part of the rise in temperatures this year to El Niño, in which warming waters in the equatorial Pacific Ocean pump a lot of heat into the atmosphere....  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/science/nasa-global-temperatures-2016.html