The Earth experienced its fourth-hottest year in more than 136 years in 2018.
Last year was the fourth warmest year on record and the outlook is for more sizzling heat approaching levels that most view as risky for humankind on the Earth, a United Nations report has shown.
"We're no longer talking about a situation where global warming is something in the future", said Gavin A. Schmidt, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the NASA group that conducted the analysis.
Global temperatures rose 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit (0.83 degrees Celsius) than the mean of warming from 1951 to 1980.
Sadly, the increasingly warm temperatures are being caused by human activity due to the growing numbers of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane.
Overall, global temperatures have risen about 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) in the last 138 years.
For years, climate change has been grossly ignored by President Trump, as well as Congress writ large.
NASA's temperature analyses incorporate surface temperature measurements from 6,300 weather stations, ship- and buoy-based observations of sea surface temperatures, and temperature measurements from Antarctic research stations. It also said that the 20 warmest years in history all occurred within the last 22 years. Deathly record lows are real in the U.S., but don't be fooled by the cooling that we have been witnessing, global warming is real also.
It was also an expensive year for natural disasters. Such cold weather has made it really hard for many to believe that global warming is real. Lower than normal temperatures are shown in blue.
In fact, 2018 was the wettest year in the last 35 years. But in the contiguous 48 states, 2018 marked the 14th warmest on record. According to NASA and NOAA, there were a total of 14 billion-dollar weather and climate disaster events in the U.S.in 2018 alone, costing the nation $91 billion in direct economic damages and resulting in 247 deaths.
The 2018 global temperature reports were originally scheduled for release in mid-January, but they were delayed because the 35-day partial government shutdown prevented government scientists from finalizing their calculations. Even an increase in 1.5 could be a great risk to the stability of the world.