Each year, Earth Day, April 22, marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Millions of of people take to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organize protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife come together to create change that will help protect Earth, which is changing due to nature and how we treat her.
Caribbean 360 is reporting that planet Earth has had its warmest first quarter of the year on record in 2015, including its warmest March, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
During March 2014, record warmth was achieved in parts of the western United States and Canada, and parts of eastern Africa, Scandinavia, northwest Russia, south central China and northeast Australia. In California, the 12 month period ending in March was the warmest on record. Record or near record warmth is likely to continue over the globe for the remainder of this year. Why does this matter? Tropical storms and hurricanes.
As we celebrate Earth Day, we must remember to pay attention to the data that informs the action.
Read more at Caribbean 360.
This post was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., founder & editor-in-chief of the award-winning news blog, the Burton Wire. Follow her at @Ntellectual.