Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
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2018 was the fourth-hottest year in history, according to Nasa

2018 was the fourth-hottest year in history, according to Nasa

A statement released by the meteorological organisation said that this is a result of "continuing long-term climate change associated with record atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases".

The announcements are coming a little later than usual for some, due to the U.S. Government shutdown, but we have now heard from all the major organizations around the world that track climate data and report on the global impacts of fossil fuel burning.

The average global temperature has risen about 2 degrees Fahrenheit, or a little over 1 degree Celsius, since the 1880s. "The global average temperature between now and 2023 is predicted to remain high, potentially making the decade from 2014 the warmest in more than 150 years of records".

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is reporting that 2018 was the fourth warmest year on record since 1880.

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. "Those who live in denial of this fact are in denial of physics". That would be warmer than the last four years.

"Over the next five years there is a one in 10 chance of one of those years breaking the (1.5C) threshold", Professor Adam Scaife of the Met Office told Reuters of the agency's medium-term forecasts.


As parts of the mid-western United States were gripped by a "polar vortex" last week that saw temperatures plunge to lows of -64 degrees Fahrenheit (-53C), US President Donald Trump suggested that the cold weather front cast doubt over the veracity of climate change data. The warming trends are most evident in the Arctic, NASA said.

2018, it turns out, broke quite a few records, none of them good.

Nine eastern states had their wettest years on record, "an exclamation point on a trend of big rain" in the age of climate change, Arndt said.

"Many of the extreme weather events are consistent with what we expect from a changing climate".

At least 247 people died in those disasters.

The damage included Hurricane Michael's US$25 billion tally and US$24 billion each from Hurricane Florence and the western wildfires.

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