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Long-Term Warming Trend Continues: 2017 second hottest year since 1880.

According to reports from NASA published today, the Earth’s average surface temperature has risen around 2 degrees Fahrenheit (around 1 degree Celsius) during the last century, a change attributed to increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere. Last year was the third consecutive year in which global temperatures were more than 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) above late nineteenth-century levels.

According to Gavin Schmidt, Director at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York; despite colder than average temperatures experienced in some parts of the world, temperatures across the planet continue to display the rapid warming trend seen over the last 40 years.

Globally averaged temperatures in 2017 were 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, second only to global temperatures in 2016. Warming trends are seen to be strongest in the Arctic regions, where 2017 saw a continued loss of sea ice.

This article was attributed and provided by PG International

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