Hot Streak Continues with Warmest Spring on Record

from Wildlife Promise

Are you feeling the heat this year? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting that the combined global land and ocean surface temperature for May was the warmest on record– 1.24°F above the 20th century average. May’s not an exception, as last month NOAA found that last April was also the hottest on record.  Moreover 2010 has seen the hottest spring season on record as well. 

Sun-photo-istock.ashx Rising land and surface temperatures are expected with climate change. Just last month, America’s scientific authority—the National Academies—released multiple reports which concluded that “climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for — and in many cases is already affecting — a broad range of human and natural systems.” 

In other words, it’s not just the heat, but global warming also brings increasing extreme weather events like droughts, hurricanes and floods and for wildlife a spike in species expected to go extinct. These and other negative impacts have been the subject of several reports by NWF.  (Read more about that here.)

The case for comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation has never been stronger as the consequences of inaction become more apparent and exacerbated every single day. You can help send a message to lawmakers that we need to get serious about climate change now.  Tell your senators to take action and finish the job now.

(Photo from istock photo)