17 May '18, 6pm

For 400 months in a row, our planet has been unusually hot

For 400 months in a row, our planet has been unusually hot

Our overheating planet just reached another staggering — maybe even astronomical — new milestone. In a report out Thursday, NOAA confirmed that April was the 400th consecutive month of warmer-than-average global temperatures. The last month cooler than the 20th century average was December 1984, back in the days of big hair and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller .” We’ve come a long way since then. Somehow, though, we’re still debating whether human activity is behind the warmer atmosphere , not to mention what the hell we’re going to do about it . Either the last 400 months were all an incredible coincidence — we’ll get to that in a second — or something else is going on. I’m thinking it’s the latter. Sure, there is a tiny chance that Earth just pulled off the most impressively unlikely feat ever. If you assume the odds of a particular month being warmer than average are 50 perc...

Full article: https://grist.org/article/for-400-months-in-a-row-our-pla...

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