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NASA: 2017 Second Warmest Year on Record After 2016

NASA: 2017 Second Warmest Year on Record After 2016
NASA says 2017 was the second warmest year on record. (Suwatvector/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Thursday, 18 January 2018 06:47 PM

NASA has ranked 2017 the second warmest year on record after 2016, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has ranked it third. 

NASA and NOAA reported their findings at a joint news conference Thursday in Washington. Both agencies agree the last three years have been the hottest on record, and attribute the record-breaking temperatures to carbon dioxide emissions from human activity.

The agencies said 2017 was slightly cooler than 2016 because of changes in weather patterns from El Niño to La Niña, which typically leads to cooler conditions as ocean waters cool, CNN reported

NASA said the temperature for 2017 was 0.9 degrees Celsius, or 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit, above the 20th century average.

Scientists continue to assert that carbon emissions need to be lowered significantly to avoid warming above the 1.5 degree Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) limit set by the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement. 

Despite the warmer temperatures, the average snow cover was the largest since 1985 and eighth largest since 1968 when records began, according to Rutgers University’s Global Snow Lab, CNN reported. Last year also had more extreme weather events than average, including a record number of major hurricanes in the U.S. and Caribbean.

“Despite colder than average temperatures in any one part of the world, temperatures over the planet as a whole continue the rapid warming trend we’ve seen over the last 40 years,” NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies director, Gavin Schmidt, said, the New York Daily News reported.

The NOAA reported sea ice continued to decline in both the Arctic and Antarctic during 2017, with ice covering fewer square miles than at any time since 1979 and 1986 respectively.

Some Twitter users were skeptical of the numbers, while others were sure things would only get worse. 

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