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Scientists Say 2014 Was Hottest Year Ever

Published by: Betty on 16th Jan 2015 | View all blogs by Betty
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Scientists Say 2014 Was Hottest Year Ever
 
2014 was the warmest year ever, according to a report issued this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  The study also shows that the 10 warmest years since 1880 have occurred since 1998.  The news is likely to provide additional pressure to world leaders to take action to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, widely believed responsible for the bulk of the warming.  According to the study, temperature records were achieved around the world in 2014, compounding on a trend that has been accelerating for several decades.  Since 1880, the average temperature on Earth has increased by about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit, with the majority of that warmup coming in the last three decades.
 
While this week's report confirms that 2014 was hotter than usual, few scientists were surprised because the year included several months that set all-time heat records.  May, June, August, September, October and December set records for average temperature; while April was the second hottest on record.  January, March and July came in as the fourth hottest ever, as well.  Of course, those records did not impact the world evenly, as some areas fell well short of a record for average temperature.  In the US, for example, the average temperature did not set a record in 2014, though it remained above the 20th century average for the 18th consecutive year.  Only four US states saw record high average temperatures in 2014, namely Alaska, Arizona, California and Nevada.  Parts of the Midwest and the East Coast, meanwhile, experienced average temperatures that were below the average.

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