New 2015 Climate Records: Hottest October and One of Strongest El-Nino Events
November 20, 2015
U.S. weather service NOAA said October 2015 was the warmest month ever recorded, in its latest monthly state of the climate report. The average global temperature across land and ocean surfaces was 0.98°Celsius above the 20th century average.
The Washington Post (11/17) said the Japan Meteorological Agency and NASA also said October 2015 was the hottest ever, with temperatures 1.04°Celsius above the 20th century average. The Post (11/16) also reported that the 2015-2016 El Nino was one of the strongest in the past century, with ocean temperatures surging 3°C (5.4°C) in the central tropical Pacific, the highest level ever measured.
The World Meteorological Organization (11/16) published a video explaining how the current El Nino will affect people around the world.
The BBC (11/10) said El Nino will impact millions in Africa, including in Ethiopia where UNICEF blamed the phenomenon for the worst drought in more than 30 years. An estimated 8.2 million people in Ethiopia will face drought and food insecurity. Flooding, landslides, mudslides, and spread of diseases are other challenges linked to El Nino rains that are threatening Ethiopia and neighboring countries.
Reuters (11/17) covered an announcement from the OECD stating it will restrict subsidies used to export technology for coal-fired power plants beginning on January 1, 2017.
The Hill (11/16) covered remarks by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urging world leaders at the G20 summit to go “much farther and much faster” with their plans to combat climate change and G20 leaders are expected to “provide ambitious political guidance that will help the negotiators to complete their work in Paris.”
As covered in The Guardian (11/18), President Obama said in a speech to an Asia-Pacific business conference in the Philippines that he is optimistic a global climate deal can be reached at COP21 and that it could drive new jobs, opportunities, and investment in our global economy.
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