April has marked the 400th month with an above-than-average temperature, according to a climate report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The last month with a temperature that was below the average was in 1984, the year when Apple Macintosh was released to the masses.
NOAA also found that April recorded the third-highest average temperature than any month of April in the planet’s history. The records date back to 1880.
NOAA climatologist Ahira Sanchez believes that higher-than-average temperatures are caused by human activities.
Climate change is real, and we will continue to see global temperatures increase in the future,
Global warming is expected to get worse as there are industries that rely on fossil fuels in developing economies. Nevertheless, developing nations do not match the U.S. or China when it comes to fossil fuel consumption.
Planet Is Getting Warmer
NOAA researcher Deke Arndt noted that the 400th warmer-than-average month can only prove that global warming is accelerating, and the world continues to become a warmer place.
Higher temperatures have affected some regions more than others, NOAA’s report shows. The bulk of the heat was recorded in Europe, which had the highest month of April in its recorded history. Australia was next in line, with the second-warmest month in recorded history.
Some areas of Asia experienced unusual heat. For instance, on April 30, a town in southern Pakistan recorded 50.5 degrees C or 122.4 degrees F. Weather experts are trying to figure it out whether last April was the hottest in the planet’s entire history.
What’s more, NOAA found that carbon dioxide levels hit the highest point in the recorded history, with 410 parts per million. Carbon dioxide is the main greenhouse gas that fuels global warming.
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