NASA: 2016 Was the Hottest Year on Record for Planet Earth

Global Temperature Spikes Upward in 2016

Today, NASA issued a press release declaring 2016 to be the hottest year on record for our globe:

“Earth’s 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“Globally-averaged temperatures in 2016 were 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit (0.99 degrees Celsius) warmer than the mid-20th century mean. This makes 2016 the third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface temperatures.”

Along with their press release, NASA issued scientific temperature data collected from land and sea stations around the globe.  The temperature deviation shows a sharp spike upward:

Global Temperature Spikes Upward in 2016

Patterns of warming  in various regions of the globe are evident in this video produced by NASA:

What will the Trump administration do to address this environmental crisis?  The answer is unclear. There are no web pages at the Donald Trump presidential transition website featuring the phrase “global warming.” By comparison, there are a full 100 pages featuring the word “media.”