NASA is almost certain 2016 will be the hottest year in recorded history

October 19, 2016 by  
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There are over two months left in the year, but that hasn’t stopped NASA from suggesting that 2016 will be the hottest on record . The planet has been on a heat streak for some time and the latest projections show that this September will the hottest in 136 years of record keeping – and it’s pretty safe to say that the entire year will follow suit. Gavin Schmidt, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), made a 99 percent certain prediction that 2016 would top the charts all the way back in May, and the newest GISS data shows he was right on track. Last month was .91 degrees Celsius above the baseline period average, coming in a .004 degree hair ahead of September, 2014. This individual month’s data, when added to the numbers recorded for the entire year, paint a fiery picture for climate change ‘s effect on the entirety of 2016. Related: It’s official: 2015 was the hottest year in recorded history There may be a light at the end of the tunnel, as some do not believe 2017 will continue the trend. Jeremy Shakun, climate scientist from Boston College, told Gizmodo he believes the recent El Niño phenomenon contributed to higher temperatures this year and that next year will not be so dire. “Nonetheless,” he said, “the important thing is the long-term warming trend.” If we can continue racing to meet the Paris climate agreement ’s goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, we might have a fighting chance to stop the trend from continuing. Goddard Institute for Space Studies Via Gizmodo Images via Pexels ( 1 , 2 )

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For $2.3 million, this breathtaking self-sufficent Scottish island could be yours

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Looking for a new home away from home? How about a breathtaking Scottish island ? For just $2.3 million you can purchase the 760-acre isle along with nine traditional cottages, an old school house, and a post office. Compared to the cost of a condo in Manhattan or a house in San Francisco, the offer seems like a steal . Spectacular views aren’t the only perk: the entire island is self-sufficient and powered by a combination of wind turbines and generators for 24-hour electricity. Called Tanera Mor , the island is the largest of the Summer Isles located a mile and a half off the northwest coast of Scotland near Ullapool. The entire island is easily walkable at 1.6 miles long and 1.2 miles long, with 7 miles of cliffs, coves, and beaches to relax on. There’s also a freshwater treatment works included. (And, of course, broadband internet.) The ten structures on the island are built from stone in a traditional style, and have all been recently restored. The landscape has also had work done in the past 15 years, with more than 164,000 native trees planted to protect the landscape from harsh winds. The surrounding waters are perfect for sailing, fishing, and diving – according to the listing, it’s not unusual to spot porpoises, dolphins, basking sharks, and otters nearby. Related: This historic village in France is on sale for $175,000 – but there’s a catch If the price tag is too steep, parts of the island are also being offered in three separate lots. For $850,000, you can purchase the north end of Tanera Mor, along with three houses, a café, and the post office. For $523,00, you can have the central portion of the island, including two houses, a historic stone pier, and the largest beach . Finally, available at $937,000 is the southern end, including four houses and some incredible natural landscapes, including the island’s highest point, a variety of bays and inlets, a tidal pool, and the four neighboring small islands of Eilean Mor, Eilean Beag, and an unnamed tidal island. Interested in snapping up a part of this piece of history? RightMove has the rest of the details. + RightMove Listing Via Treehugger Images via RightMove and gordon.milligan

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