The surface temperature of global land and ocean are making record high again this year. According to NOAA:
"The average combined global land and ocean surface temperature for October 2012 tied with 2008 as the fifth warmest October on record, at 0.63°C (1.13°F) above the 20th century average of 14.0°C (57.1°F). Records began in 1880."
"The globally-averaged land surface temperature for October 2012 was the eighth warmest October on record, at 0.92°C (1.66°F) above average. The globally-averaged ocean surface temperature tied with 2004 as the fourth warmest October on record, at 0.52°C (0.94°F) above average."
"The average combined global land and ocean surface temperature for January–October 2012 was the eighth warmest such period on record, at 0.58°C (1.04°F) above the 20th century average."
Philip Bump emphasized that if you are 27 years old or younger, then you have never lived through a month that was colder than the average.
The year 2012 marks a remarkably dry year for USA. The great drought is expected to cut USA's GDP by 0.5% to 1%. Using 2011 GDP number, this translates into US$75.5 to US$150.9 billion, which is equivalent to 27% to 54% of Malaysia 2011 GDP. WOW!
I guess this is a record that we won't be proud of. So, what can we do to help?