From the Met Office above, and National Climate Data Center below:
Both of the above are global averages. The record keeping goes back to 1880, and the only alien to make the hottest dozen was 1998.
These headlines keep appearing:
Study Finds Surprising Arctic Methane Emission Source
Global warming is 'causing more hurricanes'
Hottest Year On Record In The U.S. Might Still Be 2012
The state is aiming to achieve 70 percent clean energy by 2030.
In a campus presentation yesterday by a Hawaiian Electric Company representative, our conclusion was that this goal was ONLY for electricity, which is 33% of our consumption. Jet fuel by itself is 34%. Then there is ground transport. That 70% by 2030 is very misleading, for there is absolutely no way that we can reach 70% of total energy use in 18 years! Well, maybe one way: if oil suddenly jumps to $200/barrel (it is $88/bbl today), that is the equivalent of $4.76/gallon, and it might be possible to produce biofuel substitutes in the range of $4/gallon in a decade. Not impossible, but certainly optimistic. Then, it won't matter, anyway, for the world will be in depression, and Hawaii will be the first to go, for our entire economy is dominated by tourism. It's already too late for the hydrogen-powered air travel.
I had at least a half a dozen to list, but by now you surely got the message. I need to head for my hand doctor's office to determine the future of my thumb (and it is a real challenge to use a keyboard with this handicap), so I might later complete this posting. (Okay, just returned. Think I'll post a short article tomorrow on "The Future of My Thumb.")
Forecast and Facts: 27% of TV meteorologists call global warming a "scam," while over half deny that humans are the cause.