The Earth’s oceans have never been this far beyond the bounds of normal. New data released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed that Earth’s oceans reached a level last month not seen since humans have been keeping comprehensive records. Global ocean temperatures in August 2014 warmed to "the largest departure from average for any month on record" according to a NOAA statement. The previous record was set just two months ago, in June 2014. Records date back to 1880, though there’s ample evidence that the new record hasn’t been matched in much longer than that. Climate scientists took the news with a sense of foreboding: via WIRED.