Even at current temperatures, billions of tons of land ice are melting or sliding into the ocean. The sea is also absorbing most of the heat trapped by human emissions. Those factors are causing the ocean to rise at what appears to be an accelerating pace, and coastal communities in the United States are beginning to spend billions to fight increased tidal flooding. Sadly, their pleas for help from Congress have largely been ignored. The finding that a record had been set for the third year in a row was released on Wednesday by three government agencies, two of them American and one British, that track measurements made by ships, buoys and land-based weather stations. They analyze the figures to correct for known problems, producing an annual average temperature for the surface of the Earth. The modern era of global warming began around 1970, after a long stretch of relatively flat temperatures, and the past three years mark the first time in that period that three records were set in a row. Of the 17 hottest years on record, 16 have now occurred since 2000.
Analysis of Article: For a topic that is so prominent and relevant to the entire world, I found it surprising how much of an impact humans can make so quickly. It is really amazing to see that for the last three years, the entire Earth has begun to heat up, and the data is there to support it. There is no event to blame for it, no person to say caused it, but just the unavoidable truth that humans care more about themselves than the environment. We use products that contribute so much to global warming and greenhouse gases, but yet we seem to turn a blind eye away from what we are doing. It was very interesting to see all of the data points around the world collecting the same information, yet there are still many people that deny this is taking place. It is disturbing to see that things we do have worldwide effects, but because it does not take place on our front door, we do not react to it.