Yup, 2019 was the second-hottest year on record

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Earth's warming trend is accelerating.

All three records agree that the last five years have been the warmest five years since each global data set began. 2019 was only the 34th warmest year on record for the contiguous United States, for example.

Sea surface temperatures averaged the second-highest on record, just behind 2016 and adding to the litany of evidence that the environment is struggling to maintain equilibrium.

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

"The average global temperature has risen by about 1.1°C since the pre-industrial era and ocean heat content is at a record level", said Petteri Taalas, head of the UN's World Meteorological Organization, in a statement. "But humans are not responsible for why 2016 was warmer than 2015 or why 2019 was warmer than 2018".

NASA and NOAA have also published their global mean temperature estimates for 2019. NASA and NOAA predict that 2020 has a 95 percent chance of being one of the five hottest years on record. NASA and NOAA have positioned 2019 as the second warmest year in their records.

Scientists say the ten-year data is much more meaningful than year-to-year measurements, in which natural variations such as El Nino, the periodic warming up of the Pacific, play a role.

"Each decade from the 1980s has been successively warmer than all the decades that came before".


This contradicts his official advice from the Climate Change Committee which says people need to fly less, so the cost of flying should go up, not down.

The Bureau of Meteorology in Australia have also recently confirmed that 2019 was the warmest and driest year on record in Australia.

The amount of heat in the ocean was also the highest ever recorded in 2019.

NASA's temperature analyses incorporate surface temperature measurements from more than 20,000 weather stations, ship- and buoy-based observations of sea surface temperatures, and temperature measurements from Antarctic research stations.

On a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, however, U.S. scientists said it was clear from the data that greenhouse gas emissions were warming the planet.

"While we know that human activities are causing the globe to warm, it is important to measure this warming as accurately as possible", said Prof Tim Osborn, from the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit, which is involved in gathering the data.

The Met Office recently released its forecast for global average temperature for 2020. Global temperature is now one degree Celsius above the pre-industrial average, and some places have consistently doubled that. And scientists said they can't stop the way man-made climate change keeps shattering records.

"We are confident that the world has warmed by about 1C since the late nineteenth century because different methods of working out the global temperature give very similar results".

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