A Look at 2016 Takeaway Points from the State of the Climate Supplement J. Blunden and d. S. arndt The following salient events and trends are reported in greater depth in the State of the Climate in 2016, the supplement to this issue of BAMS. Figures shown here are drawn from the supplement and are not cited in the text below. GLOBAL CLIMATE. The dominant greenhouse was record low according to most of the in situ and gases released into Earth’s atmosphere—carbon satellite datasets. dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide—all continued The global warmth was associated with extensive to increase and reach new record high abundances. drought, surpassing most years in the post-1950 re- Increases in the global annual mean atmospheric cord and strongly inf luenced by the El Niño. For any concentrations of methane and nitrogen dioxide given month during 2016, 12% or more of global land from 2015 to 2016 were generally consistent with was experiencing at least severe drought conditions, decadal trends, but the 3.5 ± 0.1 ppm rise in global an- the longest such stretch in the record. nual mean carbon dioxide from 2015 to 2016 was the largest annual increase ever observed in the 58-year
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Aug 11, 2017
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