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NASA: ‘99% Chance’ 2016 Will Be Warmest On Record


The first half of 2016 has already racked up an alarming array of new records — and, according to NASA, August through December are likely to be no different.

A quick recap of where we are in climate this year, so far: The first six months of 2016 made for the hottest first half of any year ever recorded. Add that to last year’s records, and the planet has been undergoing a 14-month streak of unprecedented heat.

“There’s been a pretty steady warming throughout the century,” NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt said in a teleconference on July 19. “2016 has really blown that out of the water.”

Schmidt, who is director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said that his statistical model for the rest of the year “indicates that we have roughly a 99% chance of a new record in 2016.”

By Sarah KramerTechInsiderexcerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com July 20, 2016