Day 22: This week (1/22/2017) in Earth news

This week, NASA confirmed that 2016 was the hottest year on record, which continues a trend. The last three years (2014, 2015, and 2016) have been the hottest on record. Happily, 2017 is expected to be a little cooler than 2016 since El Niño, a weather phenomenon that shifts heat in the ocean and atmosphere, has ended. However, it is clear to scientific organizations such as NASA and NOAA that these recent temperature records are part of a global warming trend, in which the planet is heating up considerably.

Despite these alarming news, any reference to “climate change” has now disappeared from the White House website – on the very day President Trump was sworn in, as a matter of fact. If you take a look at the website under “Issues”, you’ll find that Donald Trump is instead “committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule.”

That’s a shame, because the planet is certainly seeing the effects of climate change and harmful human activity. Scientists think that 60% of primates are on the way to extinction, thanks to agriculture, hunting, and mining. A study says that climate change will hurt crops more than it will help them. And we can definitely expect to see less polar bears, mountain lions, and reindeer.


Credits: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Eric Regehr

If this hurts, don’t despair. There’s lots you can do. Every day we need climate warriors, and every day, you have the option to be one. Use kindness, intelligence, and dilligence to be one. There’s a world to be saved, and it sure is beautiful.



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