Earth keeps getting warmer and warmer

Muriel Hammond
January 19, 2018

The findings, which match a projection by the WMO in November, now have full-year data including from NASA, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Britain's Met Office with the University of East Anglia.

In a separate study using different analytical methods, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ranked past year as the third-warmest in their records.

Earth a year ago wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting.

Previous year was the second hottest since 1880, according to a new report from NASA.

Both agencies said it was the warmest year without the warming effects of the natural El Niño climate pattern.

NASA discovered that 2017 was 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit (.9 degrees Celsius) higher than the average temperature from 1951 through 1980. The NOAA report concluded that 2017 was the third-hottest year since 1880, when temperature records begin.

NASA release said the planet's average surface temperature rising to about 2 degree Fahrenheit (a little more than 1 degree Celsius) during the last century or so to "a change driven largely by increase carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere".

The globe hasn't had a cooler-than-average year since 1976 - a stretch of 41 consecutive warm years - NOAA said.

Every state in the contiguous US and Alaska had above-average annual temperatures in 2017, NOAA said.

However, NASA said both analyses are in agreement, showing that the five hottest years on record have all occurred since 2010.

"The atmosphere is warming, nearly by 1C globally to date, and we are getting ever closer to the Paris agreement target of 1.5C which we are so desperately trying to avoid".

The warming trend was clear in both land and sea temperature measurements.

"Seventeen of the 18 warmest years on record have all been during this century, and the degree of warming during the past three years has been exceptional", Mr. Taalas pointed out, stressing: "Arctic warmth has been especially pronounced and this will have profound and long-lasting repercussions on sea levels, and on weather patterns in other parts of the world". "And we're not going to go back".

"Despite colder-than-average temperatures in any one part of the world, temperatures over the planet as a whole continue the rapid warming trend we've seen over the last 40 years", said GISS Director Gavin Schmidt.

The warming trend continued as President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the 2015 Paris Climate Accord and repeal the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era measure created to reduce emissions from power generation.

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