by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 1/16/15
2014 marked 38th consecutive year of above-average global temperatures.
2014 was the Earth’s warmest year since records began in 1880, according to reports from federal scientists published Friday.
The finding reached by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA offers more confirmation of the planet’s warming trend as a result of greenhouse gas emissions.
NOAA stated that 2014’s combined global land and ocean surface temperature was 1.24°F above the 20th century average, surpassing the previous warmest year record set by 2005 and 2010.
Looking at the areas separately, the ocean was record warm, while the global land temperature was the fourth warmest.
Further, the 20 warmest years all occurred in the past 20 years, and there have been 38 consecutive years of above-average global temperatures….
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