As 2016 continue its pace, this year has proven to be the most affected by climate change as it has broken monthly temperature records. The latest global record set in 2015 showed a high increase in comparison to the record from previous years, according to a United Nations climate agreement.
However, thanks to a full research studying data from back in the 1930s and 1940s, researchers from the University of Melbourne claim there were record-breaking droughts as far back as 1937.
As a result, scientists have successfully discovered greenhouse gas pollution’s role in global temperatures for the first time. Although the data provided by an international team of scientists showed the record fell again in 1939, in spite of this, more records for droughts and warmer climate were set in the early 1940s. The findings were published in Geophysical Research letters this week.
With the increasing of climate change affecting nations worldwide, scientists are convinced that, in order to solve the current problem, it’s a must to know human’s history regarding drought seasons and record-breaking greenhouse gas pollution evidence. The focus of the study it to study as much data as it’s possible, and trace the effects people all over the world are experiencing presently back to its roots.
This would improve climate scientists’ understanding of climate patterns along history. Notably, it’s necessary for researchers to know the specifics about the historical records of climate change to better predict future environment conditions for upcoming generations.
Now, thanks to the data analyzed by an international team of climate scientists, it appears as if the human influence on extreme events has been correlated for the first time, with data to back it up.
Tracing back human impact on weather
Earth models simulating likely temperatures were the scientists’ reference as they could simulate weather for each year starting from 1901. And while some models simulated the effects of greenhouse gas pollution present in the atmosphere over 100 years ago, the human influence on the weather is clearly seen.
There’s no doubt about the human impact on Earth, as people began polluting the atmosphere on massive accounts when the industrialized cities and nations used burning coal to power all sorts of machines. The research group is still amazed on how far back they role of global warming can be traced in fueling record temperatures.
The graphics provided by the NOAA and NCEI Climate at a Glance show a peak in global warming set in 1940, 1941 and 1944. While those global warming peaks are considered record-breaking for that time, those numbers are doubled as of now.
Source: Discovery News