In response to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declaring 2015 as the second warmest year ever in the US, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Director of Climate Science and Policy Integration Nicky Sundt:
“Volatility is becoming the new normal. More than ever before, climate extremes are being energized by global warming and its devastating consequences are impacting people and wildlife across the country.
“We should expect the drivers of last year’s extreme weather events to continue impacting conditions into 2016. Take sea ice levels in the Arctic. The current extent of Arctic sea ice is at record low levels for this time of year, and record high ocean temperatures – reflecting both El Niño and global warming – will continue to drive climate extremes.
“Extreme events of the last year raise the urgency of slowing the pace of future climate change. We must quickly move toward a low carbon economy built on renewable energy sources like solar and wind, while taking steps to prepare the nation for the consequences of future warming.”