Temperatures are warming in New Jersey about twice as fast as the global average.
Average temperatures across most of the continental U.S. have been rising gradually for more than a century, at a rate of about 0.13°F per decade between 1910-2014.
That trend parallels an overall increase in average global temperatures, which is largely the result of human greenhouse gas emissions.
While global warming isn’t uniform, and some regions are warming faster than others, since the 1970s, warming across the U.S. has accelerated, previously shown in Climate Central’s report The Heat is On.
Since then, every state’s annual average temperature has risen accordingly. On average, temperatures in the contiguous 48 states have been warming at a rate of 0.45°F per decade since 1970.
Daily record highs are outpacing record lows across the U.S. due to climate change.
New Mexico is the fastest-warming state since 1970, warming at a rate of 0.63°F per decade. New Jersey is warming nearly as fast, along with Vermont, Arizona, and Delaware, at about twice the pace of the global average.
The slowest-warming states, Iowa, Alabama, Missouri, and Georgia – warming just under 0.3°F per decade since 1970 — are on pace with average global temperatures.
This analysis draws on temperature data collected from the National Climatic Data Center’s Climate at a Glance database, offering an improved technique for regional temperature trend analysis over Climate Central’s earlier report The Heat is On.
In the 45 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970,
The relentless heat that has plagued the western half of the country this summer has ratcheted up California’s terrible drought.
Right now, wildfires are burning more than 7 million acres in several states.
At the polar ice caps, melting ice is raising sea levels in the world’s oceans and threatening to disrupt global thermal exchanges, which are forces preventing another ice age.
Scientists say enough fresh water infusion into the salty oceans could turn off the North Atlantic Current, which moves warm air north and delivers colder weather to the south.
The effect of climate change now includes droughts, wildfires, and rising sea levels, but another ice age or flooding in miles of coastal territories would jeopardize a significant portion of the Earth’s population.
Humans are responsible for the problem, but they would not be the only species endangered by these consequences.
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