Top U.S. research agencies confirmed Thursday that 2020 rivaled 2016 for the warmest year on record. Modern records go back 140 years.
NASA data shows 2020 matched 2016 for the warmest recorded year, while the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found 2020 just barely missed tying 2016, and finished a close second (by just 0.04°F).
But crucially, the numbers underscore that Earth’s relentless warming trend continues unabated. As heat-trapping carbon levels rise in the atmosphere, every year since 1977 has been warmer than average and the years are growing increasingly hot. Read more…
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