Attorney Zach Pilchen has practiced in several different areas of environmental law since earning his Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. In his effort to stay at the forefront of environmental issues, Zach Pilchen keeps up with current trends in climate change.
NASA researchers say that, according to ground and satellite data, two major benchmarks which are used to measure climate change — surface temperature and arctic ice levels — saw record-breaking spikes in the first half of the 2016 calendar year.
Over that six-month period, the surface temperature of the planet was the warmest ever recorded, jumping 1.3 Celsius above levels first recorded in the late 1800s. Each month also set a record for being the warmest month ever on record.
These temperature trends have continued despite rigorous education and social movements toward environmental stewardship. To date, these efforts have not been sufficient to effectively combat rising atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which scientists explain are the main drivers of global climate change.