June 16, 2016
The Heat is On: 2016 On Pace for Record Heat
by Anthony Wright
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It’s been relentless. May 2015 was the hottest May in records dating back to 1880. That was followed by the hottest June. Then came a record July, August, September, October, November, December, January, February, March—and, we learned from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday—the hottest April. In an age of rising temperatures, monthly heat records have become all too common. Still, a string of 12 of them is without precedent.
What’s more, 2016 is on pace to be the third consecutive year to set a global heat record—also unprecedented. Part of this of course, as I wrote about last month, has to do with the record-tying El Nino that has finally tapered off over the course of this spring. But it’s impossible to ignore that our global climate is trending warmer, and it cannot continue unabated without drastic consequences.
And while we’re always keeping an eye on what broader trends may affect home sales, window and door purchases, and more, there are larger implications here. The biggest question for building component manufacturers is this: How will regulators react?
The Paris Agreement on climate change saw world governments agree on the long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and on the need for global emissions to peak as soon as possible. The agreement enters into force in 2020, but we’ll likely be hearing about how some governments will be taking regulatory action before then.
As always, our industry will need to be nimble and ready for change. With the technologies at our disposal, and the great minds at work, I have little doubt we’ll be able to overcome the new challenges posed to us by the driving need to curb hotter and hotter temperatures.
Questions or comments? Contact me directly at Anthony.Wright@Quanex.com.
June 16, 2016 by Anthony Wright
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