The Planet Is Going To Have Its Hottest Year

by DGaudio on September 29, 2015 - 8:44am

The article “The Planet Is Going To Have Its Hottest Year on Record” is written by Brian Khan, and throughout the article he states that this year will be the hottest year and there is no way to slow it down. According to Khan, the reasoning behind his hypothesis is because this year “outpaced all other years from start to finish by riding on the back of record ocean heat”. August set a record for the hottest ocean temperature, surpassing the previous record by 2 °F. With the continuation of global warming, it is possible that 2015 will not be the hottest year for long. I think that Khan’s hypothesis makes sense due to him analyzing the subject so well.


After reading your summary on “The Planet is Going To Have It’s Hottest Year on Record” by Brian Khan, I went and read more about the subject. According to my findings, the National Geographic also claims that this year may be the “warmest year ever” (Howard, 2015, para. 1). As you mentioned in your summary, Howard also highlights how the temperatures around the world have been warmer than ever in the first six months of 2015 (Howard, 2015). In your article, you mention a 2 °F increase in the sea water temperature. Although the article from Khan is quite close, Howard describes a 1.5°F increase since 1881, something that has never been seen before (Howard, 2015). I would like to add that the national geographic also highlighted that some areas of the world have reported lower temperatures and more severe winters this year, mainly in the Northeast and Midwest in the United States (Howard, 2015). With that decrease in temperature, it did not change that “much more of the planet has been warmer, driving the overall trend” (Howard, 2015).

Howard Graphics by Lauren James, Chiqui Esteban, National Geographic, B. (2015, July 24). See Why 2015 May Be the Hottest Year Ever. Retrieved October 2, 2015, from

I was slightly skeptical after reading your article but was reassured after informing myself with an article from NASA. According to NASA's article, "The 10 warmest years in the instrumental record, with the exception of 1998, have now occurred since 2000" (Northon, 2015, para. 2). It is therefore true that temperature has been increasing in recent years and is safe to predict an additional increase. In fact,the average temperature of Earth has warmed by about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880.

Karen Northon, NASA, (2015, July 30). NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record. Retrieved October 2, 2015, from

After reading this summary, the first thing that came to mind was "haven't I read/heard this before?". Indeed I had. For many years now I have been seeing news articles saying that this year will be the warmest ever. And because we live in Canada, i have also heard numerous times that this year will be the hottest summer or we will have a warmer winter. When doing some research, I found that 2014 was the warmest year the Earth has ever had (NOAA, 2014). So it makes sense that this year will be hotter. If Global Warming is really becoming a bigger issue, this seems like it will continue every year. 2016 will likely be warmer than 2015, and so on.

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: Global Analysis for December 2014, published online January 2015, retrieved on October 9, 2015 from

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