2018 fourth hottest year on record

2018 was one of the hottest years on record — and this year could be even hotter

2018 was one of the hottest years on record — and this year could be even hotter

A still image pauses the onslaught of warmer temperatures in NASA and NOAA data summarizing global climate changes. The year ranks just behind 2016 (warmest), 2015 (second warmest) and 2017 (third warmest). Record levels of man-made greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from burning fossil fuels, trap ever more heat.

"2018 is yet again an extremely warm year on top of a long-term global warming trend", GISS Director Gavin Schmidt said in a statement on Wednesday.

Average global surface temperatures were 1.0 degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times in 2018, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said, based on data from U.S., British, Japanese and European weather agencies.

The polar vortex event last month that saw record lows across the American Midwestern states, leading to several deaths, is a result of a weakening of the jet stream and the kind of weather event that scientists fear will become more frequent as the temperature in the Arctic continues to rise.

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.

NOAA and NASA contribute data to the WMO.

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This year has also started with scorching temperatures, including Australia's warmest January on record, while North America had the complete opposite, experiencing a polar vortex that plunged parts of America into temperatures colder than that of Antarctica's. The Bureau of Meteorology said there has been an increase in fire weather and the length of the fire season.

It's official: 2018 was the fourth hottest year on record, scientists at NASA and NOAA confirmed in a report released today (Feb. 6).

The past five years have been the hottest in human history. The Paris pact responded to a 1992 United Nations treaty under which all governments agreed to avert "dangerous" man-made climate change.

That warming is causing significant changes in the Arctic, especially where the loss of sea ice continued in 2018 as it has in years prior, contributing to sea-level rise.

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

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