2014-The Hottest Year on Record


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  • 2014-the hottest year on record: As scientists recently reported, 2014 was officially the hottest year on earth since beginning of its record-keeping in 1880, underscoring warnings about the risks of runaway greenhouse gas emissions and undermining claims by climate change contrarians that global warming had somehow stopped. According to the records, Alaska and much of the western United States suffered from the extreme heat last year. And records were also set across large areas of every inhabited continent. Also, the ocean surface was unusually warm virtually everywhere except near Antarctica, creating extra energy that fueled damaging Pacific storms. As Michael H. Freilich, director of earth sciences at NASA explained: “Climate change is perhaps the major challenge of our generation.” Several scientists stated that the most remarkable thing about the 2014 record was that it had occurred during a year without strong El Niño (a large-scale weather pattern in which the Pacific Ocean pumps an enormous amount of heat into the atmosphere). But the temperature of 1998 is now being surpassed every four or five years, and 2014 was the first time that happened without a significant El Niño. Gavin A. Schmidt, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in Manhattan, added: “The next strong El Niño would probably rout all temperature records.”
  • New York is now the biggest city banning Styrofoam: New York City has recently officially became the largest city in the U.S. to ban foam plastic packaging, also known as Styrofoam. Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg originally proposed this ban during a February 2013 State of the City address, but Mayor Bill de Blasio is seeing it through: “If all goes as planned, it should roll out on July 1, preventing foam cups and containers and even packing peanuts from being sold in the Big Apple.” City officials say it could eventually remove 30,000 tons of the foam plastic from its streets, landfills and waterways. And as Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia added: “Removing polystyrene from our waste stream is not only good for a greener, more sustainable New York, but also for the communities who are home to landfills receiving the City’s trash.”
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