NOAA's report showed that a long-term heating trend continued last year as persistent warmth across large swaths of land and ocean resulted in the fourth hottest year in NOAA's 139-year climate record.
Global temperatures in 2018 were 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit (0.83 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in NY. Normally, the yearly NASA and NOAA announcements come out around the same time as the others', but this year's reports were delayed due to the partial USA government shutdown. 2016 now ranks as the hottest year on record, with 2017 coming in second and 2015 third.
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In order to avoid the worst effects of climate change, global temperatures cannot exceed more than two degrees Celsius.
That warming is driven by the amount of greenhouse gases humans have introduced into the atmosphere, particularly in the least 100 years, Schmidt said.
"Increasing temperatures can also contribute to longer fire seasons and some extreme weather events". Nine of the hottest years have occurred since 2005, with the past five years being the warmest on record.More news: Chimps break out of Belfast Zoo with makeshift ladder
The Earth experienced its fourth-hottest year in more than 136 years in 2018.
New data confirms that 2018 was one of the warmest years the Earth has seen and temperatures will continue to rise in the years to come. Deathly record lows are real in the U.S., but don't be fooled by the cooling that we have been witnessing, global warming is real also. NASA, for instance, ranked 2015 as the third-warmest year on record while NOAA found it was 2017. That's 1.42 degrees (0.79 Celsius) warmer than the 20th century average.
"Despite the recent cold snap across the Midwest and East Coast, the planet is still heating up, and the warming is unprecedented".
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