2018 Was Fourth Hottest Year On Record — NOAA/NASA

James Marshall
February 7, 2019

According to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), the global temperature for 2018 was 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the mean global temperature for the years 1951-1980. The warming trends are most evident in the Arctic, NASA said. Scientists warn that if we're to avoid the worst affects of climate change, we cannot allow the temperature to rise more than 2 degrees compared to pre-industrial levels.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) each published global climate results that name 2018 as the fourth warmest year the Earth has endured in at least 139 years. In the contiguous USA, there were nine states that had their wettest year on record, with record-breaking rainfall.

The United States climate conditions report for 2018 was released this week revealing record-breaking temperature and precipitation levels throughout the year nationally and internationally.

At 4th warmest, only 2016, 2017, and 2015 have been warmer than 2018, and the past five years, taken together, are the warmest years in the modern temperature record.

Increasing temperatures can "contribute to longer fire seasons and some extreme weather events", Nasa also warned.

"That is not saying the Paris Agreement is done for... but it's a worrying sign", he said.
That's 1.42 degrees (0.79 Celsius) warmer than the 20th century average.

January 1 to December 31, 2018, according to NASA. The Paris pact responded to a 1992 United Nations treaty under which all governments agreed to avert "dangerous" man-made climate change.

Scientists found that the Arctic has experienced the most warming, contributing to global sea level rise.

US President Donald Trump, who has cast doubt on mainstream climate science and promotes the coal industry, plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.

Patrick Verkooijen, head of the Global Centre on Adaptation in the Netherlands, told Reuters that the WMO report showed "climate change is not a distant phenomenon but is here right now".

He called for more, greener investments, ranging from defenses against rising seas to drought-resistant crops.

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