February 2016 was hottest February ever recorded

February witnessed the largest temperature rise recorded since the baseline of 1951-80, unveils an analysis released by NASA. Average global temperatures last month were 1.35 degrees Celsius above normal for that month.

The matter is of major concern as every small rise matters when it comes to a warming planet. The findings turned even more significant especially considering that the 2015 UN climate summit in Paris has set a limit of 2 degrees Celsius to prevent more warming on earth.

Researchers have assessed data by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). Climatologists Jeff Masters and Bob Henson said, “NASA dropped a bombshell of a climate report. February dispensed with the one-month-old record by a full 0.21C — an extraordinary margin to beat a monthly world temperature record”.

The researchers said that the result is quite shocking. They also affirmed that it is yet another reminder of effects of human-produced greenhouse gases. Both the researchers said that they are now quickly moving towards the globally agreed maximum limit of 2 C warming over pre-industrial levels.

Stefan Rahmstorf, a professor at the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research in Germany, said that it would not be wrong to affirm that they are now in a kind of climate emergency. He said that global carbon dioxide has increased at a record rate of more than three parts per billion in 2015.

Global warming and El Nino weather event in the Pacific were blamed for the rise in temperature in February this year. Many scientists have said that they are shocked to know about the data released by NASA.
Experts affirmed that 2014 was the hottest year for earth and 2015 broke the record. There are high chances that 2016 could break 2015’s record and become the hottest year on the planet.

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