The record-breaking temperatures in April have NASA scientists scratching their heads—but not for the same reasons you might think.
“All of these record breaking temperatures and attendant implications that we have had, such as record breaking fires for example, and droughts in India are all reminders that we cannot afford to do anything except to accelerate the solution agenda—we absolutely have no other option but to accelerate,” says Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.
As the seventh straight month in a row that broke temperature records, April has paved the way for May to do the same, according to NASA. During March 2016, the global temperature was 2.3°F (1.11° C) hotter than average for March from 1951 to 1980, which is used as a baseline.
While a few degrees may not seem like a big deal, April 2016 is the last of 369 consecutive months at or warmer than average. According to NASA’s database, the last colder-than-average month was in July of 1985.
Thailand recently went through their most extreme heatwave in 65 years. Three countries in Southeast Asia set all-time national heat records, and a handful of others came extremely close. On April 28, 2016, Thailand broke its hottest temperature record, when a scorching 112.3°F topped the charts.
“As of now we can say we’ve broken the record for the highest temperatures over the longest duration in 65 years — and the season isn’t over yet,” Surapong Sarapa, head of the Thai Meteorological Department’s weather forecast division, told the Associated Press.
Many experts say that the landmark climate change action planned earlier this year in Paris doesn’t go far enough. Even many people who claim to care the most about the earth’s changing climate do little to help prevent it.
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