2018 was 4th warmest, but next 5 years could break records

2018 Fourth Hottest Year On Record, Says NASA

NASA and NOAA's annual climate reports, which were delayed because of the federal government shutdown, echo findings by Berkley Earth and Europe's Copernicus Climate Change Service, which both recently stated 2018 was the fourth warmest on record. The year ranked just behind 2016, the warmest year ever, 2015, which was the second warmest, and 2017, the third warmest.

Nasa has revealed that 2018 was the fourth hottest year in recorded human history.

The average global surface temperature has risen above the 20th-century average by 0.79ºC. This, according to scientists, is a result of the continuing warming trend caused by the excess emission of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.

"You get ups and downs - years that are a little bit warmer, a little bit cooler - but the long-term underlying trend is very, very clear", said NASA climatologist Gavin Schmidt, who worked on the space agency's analysis.

NASA's temperature analyses came from 6,300 weather stations, ship and buoy-based observations of sea surface temperatures, and temperature measurements from Antarctic research stations.

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NASA announced today that 2018 was officially the 4th warmest year since the 1880s, with the fastest increase in warming found in the Arctic. Nine of the 10 warmest years on record have all occurred since 2005. Such cold weather has made it really hard for many to believe that global warming is real.

Those major disasters, plus other smaller-scale disasters, made 2018 the fourth-most costly year on-record.

Weather dynamics often affect regional temperatures, so not every region experienced the same degree of warming.

Because weather station locations and measurement practices change over time, the interpretation of specific year-to-year global mean temperature differences has some uncertainties. Instead, his administration is working to unravel Obama-era environmental rules in favor of policies that would allow more greenhouse gas emissions from cars, trucks and coal-fired power plants.

In January, the same organization warned that levels of planet-warming carbon dioxide will rise by a near-record amount in 2019. "These included the bad wildfires in California and the devastating hurricanes Florence and Michael, all of which bear the fingerprints of climate change".

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