Welcome to our inauguration article dedicated to global warming. This article and others to follow, form part of our campaign to the general public aimed to raise awareness on subjects of global warming, climate change and air quality that ultimately affect your health and quality of life. Through these articles, we also aim to explain in “layman terms” the ongoing scientific research, terms and methodologies for the majority to understand, any by the way enjoy our original graphics and visuals.
Establishing the right mindset
Until now, and the foreseeable long-term future, we are bound to live on our host planet Earth. It is simply, there is no Planet B. Human activities in the sorts of continued dependency on fossil fuels, industrialisation, rise in global population, denser cities, and decrease in vegetation are contributing to global warming. Earth’s biodiversity including mankind is becoming unsustainable. Emerging theories state that we risk triggering the start of the sixth mass extension of life on Earth, this time not by an asteroid or other space threats but through our own pollution. Blaming past generations of inaction and passiveness leads nowhere.
“Despite our political divisions, economies, diverse ethnics, nature, cultures and boundaries, we share one planet with one atmosphere” – Fabian Borg
We are all in this together and collectively we should address our processes and lifestyles for the betterment of our health and wellbeing. For a start, simple daily things like the uptake of active mobility in the sorts of walking or cycling rather than making use of fossil fuelled vehicles for our mobility can substantially diminish our carbon footprint.
Is global warming a hype?
Global warming is a real threat for everyone here on Earth, we perceive the prolonged heat periods and intense heatwaves. We experience loss of seasons and the severing adverse weather resulting from climate change effects. The recovery cost from loss deriving from natural disasters coupled with increased expenditure in healthcare is outweighing economic prosperity. More importantly, Global Warming is scientifically proven with quality assured data. The latter is the scientific audit process of peer reviews, cross checks and re-evaluations of data to discover inconsistencies and other anomalies in the data, as well as performing data cleansing activities in the likes of removing outliers, missing data interpolation to improve the data quality to be certified correct and the results are shocking.
The blue marble transitioning to reveal global warming heat spots – original graphic of PH-1
2019 the second warmest year on record
On the 8th January 2020, Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) declared 2019 as the second warmest year on record. Earth has been experiencing a series of abnormally warm years across the globe with 2016 being the warmest of them all. The rise in temperatures is due as CO2 and other greenhouse gases emissions continue to soar.
A week later, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), reconfirmed C3S statement that in 2019, Earth’s global surface temperature was the second warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880. Out of the last 140 years, the past five years were the warmest.
“The decade that just ended is clearly the warmest decade on record, every decade since the 1960s clearly has been warmer than the one before” claimed NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), Director Gavin Schmidt.
Other renowned institutions, namely Berkeley Earth, the Met Office Hadley Centre (UK), and the Cowtan and Way reconfirmed the same CS3 quality assured observations. All these bodies make use of Earth Observation Satellites and in-situ equipment for their temperature analyses. In-situ equipment refers to meteorological equipment stationed on land and in special-purpose buoys in the seas.
As per the chart above, all five temperature records are in sync with each other with the past decade being the warmest of them all. Through the use of climate models and statistical analysis of global temperature data and air quality data among other, scientists latched the abnormal heat excess with increased emissions into the atmosphere of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases generated by human activities.
January 2020 has shown to be warmer than average in most parts of the world. We await the validated data and sure on, an article will feature this abnormal heat rise during what is supposed to be the coldest month of the year for the norther hemisphere. Indications for Europe portray hotter and milder temperatures well into spring.
Q. Is Earth flat?
A. NO! Gosh we’re in 2020 so please do everyone a favour and kick any lurking believers in their hinny ;)