Tagged With temperature trends

Here in New York City, it was a beautiful spring day with temperatures hitting 18 degrees Celsius. Life was good, and it almost made you forget all the troubles the world faces at the moment. Then, you find out that it was basically the same frickin' temperature in Antarctica this time last year and the planet is screwed.

For the third consecutive year, NASA and NOAA have announced record high temperatures. It's upsetting yet unsurprising, given the dearth of damns we seem to give about the state of our planet. As Gizmodo previously reported, temperatures were 0.04C higher last year than they were in 2015 -- but the real reason this matters isn't because the planet's thermostat suddenly spiked. The overarching, disturbing trend is indisputable.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.