Feel the Heat—2016 Was the Warmest Year Yet

Feb, 02, 2017

By Fredrica Syren:

Did you feel that last year was miserably hot?  Odds are you did not imagine it because according the UN, 2016 was a record hot year, a new high for the third year in a row. 2016 temperatures were, according to The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)1.2 C above pre-industrial levels. The argument I have heard from skeptics of global warming is that it’s natural that earth is getting hotter each year, but that is not true because since humans began keeping records of average temperatures on earth in 1880, 16 of the 17 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000.

So, what does all this mean?

It all shows that global warming is accelerating faster than originally thoughtandaccording to scientists, is more aggressive than expected.  

At the beginning, we had El Niño weather patterns to blame for some of the rising temperature, but when it comes down to it, human-induced greenhouse gas emissions have caused global warming to become a greaterthreat to everything living on earth. Already climate-related extreme weather is threatening food security because of farms being damaged; and, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, this affects 60 million people (so far)

The good news is that a new report revealed that global carbon emssions levels have barely changed in the past three years after decades of increases. And this is mostly thanks to China’s burning less coal. 

Fredrika Syren

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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