Just in time for Earth Day 2014, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their monthly summary for March of this year, and the news isn't good for the planet.
It may not have seemed like it to most of us living in Canada and the United States, but according to temperature data collected by NOAA from all around the world, over land and ocean, March 2014 is the fourth warmest March seen since record keeping began in 1880. NASA data agrees. It was also the warmest since March 2010, which is considered to be the warmest month of March on record so far, and 2010 was overall the warmest year on record.
The warmest regions of the planet in March 2014 — when compared to the 30 years prior to 2010 — were across Asia and eastern Europe, through the western United States and in Australia. There was also a somewhat worrisome rise in temperatures though the Arctic over Alaska and the Yukon, and particularly in northern Siberia, courtesy of the polar vortex.
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