It's the Hottest Year In History — For the Ninth Consecutive Time

It's the Hottest Year In History — For the Ninth Consecutive Time
Source: AP
Source: AP

Good news, people of Earth: You're breaking records all over the place. 

Unfortunately, these records will not earn you any trophies. 

Kevin Cowtan and Robert Way, climate researchers from the University of York and the University of Ottawa, have been measuring the Earth's temperature over 12-month periods, according to the Guardian

They found the 12-month period from June 2015 through May 2016 was the hottest 12 consecutive months of all time — beating out May 2015 through April 2016. In fact, this is the ninth straight time a 12-month run has broken the record for the hottest consecutive 12 months in history.

Our planet keeps getting hotter: Two years ago, 2014 became the hottest calendar year to date — until it was dethroned by 2015. 2016 isn't over yet, but there's a 99% chance it'll be the hottest year on record, according to Scientific American

National governments have been trying to steer policy to reflect the need for better climate legislation.

Earlier this year, the Paris Agreement marked a worldwide plan to keep the planet's global temperature rise below a ceiling of 2.7 to 3.7 degrees Celsius.

A farmer walks over his dried-up cotton farm in India
Source: Noam Seelam/Getty Images

But according to the Climate Interactive research group, we should aim to keep temperature rise even lower; the increase should be closer to 1.5 degrees Celsius, if governments want to avoid the byproducts of a warmer planet.

Warmer global temperatures could mean a rise in malnutrition and vector-borne illnesses like Zika, among other problems.

According to a study published in Nature Climate Change, keeping the planet from hitting that 2-degree Celsius mark means limiting greenhouse gas emissions to 590 to 1,240 billion tons of carbon dioxide — roughly half previous estimates of 2,390 billion tons.

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