NASA analysis shows that officially 2020 was the warmest year on record, effectively tying 2016, the previous record.
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Temperatures are increasing due to human activities, specifically emissions of greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and methane.
Overall, Earth’s average temperature has risen more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1880s.
Continuing the planet’s long-term warming trend, the year’s globally averaged temperature was 1.84 degrees Fahrenheit (1.02 degrees Celsius) warmer than the baseline 1951-1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. 2020 edged out 2016 by a very small amount, within the margin of error of the analysis, making the years effectively tied for the warmest year on record.
GISS Director Gavin Schmidt, said:
“The last seven years have been the warmest seven years on record, typifying the ongoing and dramatic warming trend. Whether one year is a record or not is not really that important – the important things are long-term trends. With these trends, and as the human impact on the climate increases, we have to expect that records will continue to be broken.”