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Another One Of The Hottest On Records

January 19, 2018

2017 was ranked as the second-warmest by NASA and third warmest by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to CNN News. The findings “continue the planet’s long-term warming trend,” said NASA. That trend is driven predominately by human activity through carbon dioxide emissions. The hottest year on record remains 2016, while, according to NOAA, 2015 ranks second and third by NASA. That means the top three years have been the most recent three, even though 2017 was slightly cooler on average compared to 2016. The six hottest years have all occurred since 2010 and 17 of the 18 hottest years on record have occurred since 2001 (CNN). “Much of the eastern half of the United States had an abnormally warm February, an occurrence that scientists said was made more likely by climate change. Scientists found the fingerprints of warming in many other weather events as well, including a June heat wave that led to wildfires in southern Europe and extreme heat in Australia’s summer (NYT)”.

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