Yup, 2019 was the second-hottest year on record

Eloise Marshall
January 16, 2020

The trend has held steady over the last half-decade, meaning this isn't just a fluke or a problem with the data, but instead is a reality that humanity must face before it gets worse.

"The year 2020 has started out where 2019 left off-with high-impact weather and climate-related events", said Taalas.

And Boris Johnson says he wants the United Kingdom to lead the world on climate change.

While the three different research agencies all have slightly different figures for the past 12 months, the WMO has carried out an analysis that uses additional data from the Copernicus climate change service and the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The details: The report added that warming has been particularly pronounced during the last five years, and that every decade since the 1960s has been hotter than the last.

The years 2017, 2015, and 2018 followed closely behind in third, fourth, and fifth place, respectively, NOAA reported.

Obama echoed her words, writing in a January 9 tweet: "The catastrophic fires in Australia are the latest example of the very real and very urgent consequences of climate change".

"It is no surprise that 2019 was the second hottest year on record - nature has been persistently reminding us that we have to pick up the pace", said Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of the World Wide Fund's global climate and energy practice, calling for dramatic measures to halt the warming trend. "2019 concludes the warmest "cardinal" decade (those spanning years ending 0-9) in records that stretch back to the mid-19th century".

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On a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, however, USA scientists said it was clear from the data that greenhouse gas emissions were warming the planet.

The assessment of global surface temperatures and climate conditions found the last decade to be the hottest since modern record-keeping began in 1880. "As the Carbon dioxide continues to grow, we'll see global temperatures increasing".

World Meteorological Organisation secretary-general Petteri Taalas said global temperatures had risen by about 1.1C since pre-industrial times, ocean heat was at record levels and, on the current emissions path, the world was heading for 3C-5C of warming by 2100. "The planet has a fever", Salas said, "and that's its symptom".

The findings by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) within the US Department of Commerce show that ocean heat content contributing to sea-level rise is higher than ever, with the Earth's warming unabated.

"Global warming is continuing and is very clearly distinguishable from the noise of the global climate system", he said.

"Last decade was the hottest on record".

Governments agreed at the 2015 Paris Accord to cap emissions enough to limit global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels after which global warming is expected to have extreme consequences that will all but wipe out the world's coral reefs and most Arctic sea ice. 2019 was also one of the warmest years on record for Europe, including a record-breaking summer heatwave.

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