According to new data revealed by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2019 was the second warmest year in our recorded history.
In case you didn’t know, researchers from NASA and NOAA compile and process land and sea surface temperature to produce a global surface temperature. While both of the organizations compile data individually, both of them came to the conclusion that the last year was the second warmest year only after 2016.
The researchers from determined that last year was 0.98 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean temperature from 1951 to 1980. On the other hand, researchers at NOAA calculated that last year’s temperature was 0.95 degrees Celsius warmer than the 20th century average.
Gavin Schmidt, director of Goddard Institute for Space Studies at NASA, said, “The decade that just ended is clearly the warmest decade on record. Every decade since the 1960s clearly has been warmer than the one before.”
“We crossed over into more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit warming territory in 2015 and we are unlikely to go back. shows that what’s happening is persistent, not a fluke due to some weather phenomenon: we know that the long-term trends are being driven by the increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere,” Schmidt adds.
NASA and NOAA’s latest confirmation comes just days after scientists claimed that Earth’s oceans have never been hotter in our history.