In response to data released today by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicating 2014 was the warmest year on record globally, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Lou Leonard, vice president, climate change:
“In the middle of winter it may be hard to accept, but the data speaks for itself: Earth continues to warm, bringing danger today and even more in the coming years. Today’s news is a clear and undeniable warning for all of us—nations, businesses, cities, and individuals—that we need to cut climate pollution and prepare for what’s coming.
“The data turns up the heat on the US to maintain a strong leadership position as the world gears up for a new climate deal later this year in Paris. Bold international action can help slow global temperature rise and give us a better chance of managing the changes we can’t avoid. If governments miss this chance, the consequences will be far more disruptive for life on Earth, more costly for our economies, and much more dangerous for future generations.”