2014 was the hottest year on record globally; students, faculty call for better climate change education

The average global temperature in 2014 was the highest it’s been since records started in 1880 while Florida’s overall temperature dipped down.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, global temperatures rose 0.12 degrees Fahrenheit from 2013 to 2014, while Florida’s fell by 0.9 F. Overall, the east coast of the U.S. didn’t have an increase in average temperatures, said Andrew Zimmerman, a UF associate professor in the Department of Geological Sciences.

“That’s very unfortunate because our legislators are in Washington,” Zimmerman said. “And they can say … ‘Well, geez. It was so cold last winter.’”

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