Published Date : Jan 25, 2016
It’s official: 2015 has been named the hottest year ever recorded. The United Nations climate agency released this statement today, adding that the margin for this year was strikingly wide from the previous record-holder. The UN report states that 2015 was the hottest due to a combination of El Nino and the human-induced global warming. This has created a rather unpleasant weather conditions over the past year on a global scale.
The WMO Speaks
The World Meteorological Organization added to the discussion, stating that of the 16 hottest years that have been recorded, fifteen of them have been in this century itself. 2014 had already broken previous records, making it the hottest year. But then 2015 broke that record with a markedly high gap. This has underlined a trend that has continued for a long time. Furthermore, the five year duration of 2011 to 2015 is the hottest five year duration ever recorded. The key reasons for the extreme climate of 2015 has been attributed to a lot of unnatural weather conditions including heat waves, severe droughts, and flooding, all in the nations of South Africa, India, Australia, the U.S., the U.K., Paraguay, and Pakistan.
Petteri Taalas mentioned that it was a moment of sobriety for the world, upon discovering that the Earth has achieved, for the first time in history, a threshold of 1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial temperatures. To combat this global warming, we as a species can take major steps towards creating a sustained planet for all living things. This includes large number of methods that can increase the energy efficiency at which objects or environments function, as well as approaching more eco-friendly sources of energy generation.
Renewable Energies Pave the Way
Indeed, two of the greatest reasons for the world to focus on the global renewable energy market is the rapidly depleting fossil fuels, as well as the rising temperatures and pollution levels all around. Multiple nations, especially those in Europe and North America, have already begun using renewable sources of energy for supplementing their power requirements, while contributing towards the reduction of the global carbon footprint.