Global Temperatures are Soaring
Global Temperatures 1880 – 2015
US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: NOAA
Generate the most recent Temperature Graph
- Select Time-scale = “Annual”
- Tick “Display Trend”
- Select trend shown “per century”
- Select Region = “Global”
- Select Surface = “Land and Ocean”
- Click “Plot”
The more recent graphs reinforce the message gained from this 2015 graph.
The above 1880 to 2015 temperature graph shows:
- The hottest year on record was 2015 (see the right-most red rectangle on the graph)
- The second hottest year was 2014
- Temperatures have increased by 0.67°C per century between 1880 and 2014. This is shown on the graph, by the black line moving from bottom left to top right. It is the “Long Term Trend Line”, rising by 0.67°C per century.
- The average global temperature for each year is shown, on the graph, by a rectangle
- The blue rectangles show temperatures below the average
- The red rectangles show temperatures above the average
- The “temperature anomalies” are the temperature differences from the average temperature.
See the NOAA global climate reports
The temperature increases are already damaging
We are already experiencing significant impacts of this warming:
- Hotter weather with extended fire seasons
- Droughts, bush-fires and floods are more frequent and intense
- The distribution of plants and animals is shifting towards the poles,
- The planet is losing ice
- The oceans are rising faster
It is not sustainable for us to have global temperature increasing like this.
Page updated: 9 Sep 2018