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New record


The 10 years to the end of 2019 have been confirmed as the warmest decade on record by three global agencies.

According to Nasa, Noaa and the UK Met Office, last year was the second warmest in a record dating back to 1850.

The past five years were the hottest in the 170-year series, with the average of each one more than 1C warmer than pre-industrial.

The Met Office says that 2020 is likely to continue this warming trend.

2016 remains the warmest year on record, when temperatures were boosted by the El Niño weather phenomenon.


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Senior Contributor

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And 2019 was the second warmest year on record

According to independent analyses released yesterday (January 15, 2020) by both NASA and NOAA, Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2019 were the second warmest since modern record-keeping began in 1880.

Globally, 2019 temperatures were second only to those of 2016 and continued the planet’s long-term warming trend. The world’s five warmest years have all occurred since 2015, with nine of the 10 warmest years occurring since 2005, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). The World Meteorological Organization also ranked 2019 second warmest for the globe, and scientists from the United Kingdom Met Officedetermined that 2019 was one of the top-three hottest years on record.

Senior Contributor

No one untouched

A lot of changes that impact people throughout the world.

scientists say rising heat is about more than just numbers; behind those statistics are consequences for people, their livelihoods and our delicate ecosystems.

Climate change is costing cities as they try to adapt and mitigate. Farmers are facing increasing challenges, which can lead to consumers paying more for food. Extreme weather disasters are on the rise in Canada and costing insurance companies, leading to higher premiums. People are dying in heat waves which are set to become more frequent as the planet warms; and hurricanes are stalling, meaning more people are in danger for longer periods of time. 

"In my line of work, we do track the numbers and we do try to quantify the behaviour of the climate system, but ultimately what really matters is where it intersects and impacts with the people we love and the things we do," said Deke Arndt, chief of the global monitoring branch of NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).



"Some people who work in weather-sensitive sectors such as agriculture … are seeing [climate change] on an annual basis, and they're seeing [it] through greater extremes, and they're also seeing it in the greater variability, the wild swings," said Dave Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada. 

Phillips' annual list of Canada's top ten weather stories cited the terrible farming season in the Prairies in 2019. The weather went from dry before the planting season even began for many, to too wet from June to August, followed by an early snowfall at the start of harvest time in September. This meant a lot of crops remained unharvested.

John Guelly, chair of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, said the 2019 growing season was "the harvest from hell." 


Honored Advisor

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Since 1850?   So God created the earth 170yrs ago?   I  believe God created the earth over 4 billion years ago with a lot of ice ages and tropical eras ....and weather.

Senior Advisor

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Yeah but the sky has only been falling since 1850. Blacks and children hardest hit. Less than 11 years left. Yet instead of facing this man kind ending tragedy Nancy Pelosi has spent the last 2 1/2 years on impeachment. And that brain dead Obama bought a multi million dollar home on the beach. Well as Forest Gump's mama says "stupid is as stupid does".

Senior Advisor

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No problem, in 11 years we'll get a new clock and a new deadline.
Veteran Advisor

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Q:  How can every single place in the world be warming up TWICE AS FAST AS REST OF WORLD? 

Arctic Is Heating Up Twice as Quickly as Rest of World

Canada Warming Twice as Fast as the Rest of the World, New Report Says

Mountains Are Warming Twice as Fast as the Rest of the World


Veteran Advisor

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BTW:  A rise in carbon dioxide ALWAYS follows a rise in temperature, not the other way around.  In other words, temperature rises, then a rise in CO2 follows.

Termites create more carbon dioxide than people create.

If people would learn the difference between P-O-L-L-U-T-I-O-N and C-L-I-M-A-T-E....folks would REFUSE to pay taxes on CO2 .

Senior Advisor

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These are the same people who tell us we have to accept their scientific fact there are over 100 different genders so........

Senior Contributor

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you can just believe there was some god involved but no evidence of that exists that I know of.

However you are correct there have been many ice ages and higher temps but when those changes happened quickly as they are now with the human caused change bad things happened to many life forms.

there have been several times in Earth’s past when Earth's temperature jumped abruptly, in much the same way as they are doing today. Those times were caused by large and rapid greenhouse gas emissions, just like humans are causing today.

Those abrupt global warming events were almost always highly destructive for life, causing mass extinctions such as at the end of the PermianTriassic, or even mid-Cambrian periods. The symptoms from those events (a big, rapid jump in global temperatures, rising sea levels, and ocean acidification) are all happening today with human-caused climate change.

So yes, the climate has changed before humans, and in most cases scientists know why. In all cases we see the same association between CO2 levels and global temperatures. And past examples of rapid carbon emissions (just like today) were generally highly destructive to life on Earth.