In response to data released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declaring December through February as the warmest on record globally, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from vice president, climate and energy, Lou Leonard.
“Only two months after world governments agreed in Paris to limit planetary warming to no more than 1.5 C, monthly average temperatures crossed that threshold for the first time in February. Now in March, another disturbing record falls.
“Extraordinary warmth in the Arctic has limited the winter sea ice extent to the lowest level ever; and record high sea surface temperatures have fed devastating rains in the southern U.S. and elsewhere. The threats of climate change have never been more clear.
“As our planet sends stronger and stronger signals, climate action is breaking records of its own. On Saturday, 178 countries and territories will participate in the largest Earth Hour to date – sending a signal that, for the first time, momentum for action is on our side. This marks the beginning of a pivotal year of progress to make real on the gains made in Paris and scale up the even greater action needed to save the Arctic and communities around the world.”