You might be noticing a trend here. 2014 is on pace to be the hottest year ever recorded, breaking records set previously by 2010, 2005, and 1998. I note that there was a seven-year gap from 1998 to 2005, then only a five-year gap to the next record. If 2014 sets a new record, it’ll only have been a four-year gap since the last one. This isn’t a good trend.
October 2014 was the hottest October in recorded history (alternate source). It’s the fifth month this year, and the third month in a row to set a monthly temperature record. In the contiguous U.S., October 2014 was the fourth-warmest ever recorded.
I’ve updated my 13 Poor Excuses To Deny Anthropogenic Global Warming web page to include this entry’s link under Excuse #5, the falsehood that the Earth hasn’t warmed since 1998.
Unfortunately, we’re way past the point where we can help by simple conservation like driving less or adjusting your house’s thermostat. At this point, international government action is required to curb our runaway greenhouse gas emissions which are undeniably a huge cause of global warming. Two of the largest sources of greenhouse gases: burning coal to generate electricity and raising cattle for beef.