Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

2018 was the fourth warmest year on record

2018 was the fourth warmest year on record

The data means that the five warmest years in recorded history have been the last five, and that 18 of the 19 warmest years have occurred since 2001. 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. NOAA's analysis found 2018 global temperatures were 1.42 degrees Fahrenheit (0.79 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average.

In 2015, nearly 200 governments adopted the Paris climate agreement to phase out the use of fossil fuels and limit the rise in temperatures between 1.5C to 2C, to avert "dangerous" man-made climate change. The warming trends are most evident in the Arctic, NASA said.

Berkley Earth and Europe's Copernicus Climate Change Service both also reported, in January, that 2018 was the fourth warmest on record.

Using computer simulations, the British weather office forecast s that the next five years will average somewhere between 58.51 and 59.49 degrees (14.73 to 15.27 Celsius).

"The impacts of long-term global warming are already being felt - in coastal flooding, heat waves, intense precipitation and ecosystem change", Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said in a statement.

NOAA and NASA each analyze temperature measurements from thousands of sites around the world, including weather stations on land and ships and buoys spread across the world's oceans. Indeed, that natural variation is why climate scientists look primarily at temperature trends over long timescales and don't give too much significance to a single hot or cold year. Lower than normal temperatures are shown in blue.

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"Despite the recent cold snap across the Midwest and East Coast, the planet is still heating up, and the warming is unprecedented".

In fact, 2018 was the wettest year in the last 35 years.

"I don't believe it", Trump said at the time without offering any evidence to counter the conclusions of hundreds of the nation's leading climate scientists. 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.

But the USA did get soaked in 2018, says Deke Arndt, a climate scientist with NOAA.

Despite global efforts, planet-warming emissions are trending upward. Even an increase in 1.5 could be a great risk to the stability of the world.

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