If you've been as miserable as we have with the intense heat in Southern California over the past few months, you're not alone. 2015 is likely to be the hottest year on record EVER, according to scientists. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which tracks worldwide temperatures, is saying that September of 2015 has literally been the hottest month ever recorded.
Immediately to "blame" is the El Nino weather pattern, which causes the ocean to release massive amounts of heat into the atmosphere. But the last El Nino weather pattern back in 1997 and 1998 didn't have temperatures that compared to this intense heat wave, which leads us to an obvious conclusion: human beings' emissions of greenhouse gasses are largely to blame.
From severe droughts and wildfires to extreme ocean temperatures bleaching coral reefs, likely irreversibly, the world is facing a frightening environmental crisis. The bottom line is emissions must be brought under control in order to start addressing these climatic issues and we all as human beings on this Earth have to do our part.
As always, reduce, reuse, recycle, and conserve. Small, everyday changes can make a big difference.