As heated debate swirled around Pope Francis’s call today for action on climate change, new data on Earth’s climate were released. The verdict: record warmth.
Earth just experienced its warmest March through May on record, according to the the data released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The year-to-date was also the warmest January through May period on record. And so was the month of May itself.
NOAA’s assessment of the climate in May differs slightly