Scorcher! 2017 Ranked Among Three Hottest Years Ever

A color-coded map of the globe showing areas of percentiles of cool and warmth- ranging from record warm to record cool- for the calendar year 2017

2017 was second-warmest year on record - UN

While 2017 comes in as the second hottest year, it was the only of the three to not have an El Niño, which increases temperatures.

If one well-researched, fact-based report doesn't convince you that global warming is real, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also released a separate, independent analysis, where scientists concluded that 2017 was the third-warmest year in their record.

During 2017, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.51 degrees above the 20th-century average, according to NOAA.

Last year was among the three warmest years since modern record-keeping began in 1880, according to reports published Thursday by two USA government agencies. The last El Niño occurred from 2015 to 2016.

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Among extreme weather events previous year, the Caribbean and the United States suffered a battering from hurricanes, the Arctic ended 2017 with the least sea ice for mid-winter and tropical coral reefs suffered from high water temperatures.

Government agencies from the USA and the United Kingdom, as well as a nonprofit group in Berkeley, California, announced Thursday that by their varying measurements 2017 was either the third or second hottest year of any kind on record.

Describing the accelerating pace of climate change as "an existential threat to the planet", the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Robert Glasser, said, "A three-year streak of record hot years, each above 1° Celsius, combined with record-breaking economic losses from disasters in 2017 should tell us all that we are facing an existential threat to the planet which requires a drastic response".

The space agency announced Thursday the planet continued a warming trend and temperatures were 0.9 C warmer last year than the 1951 to 1980 average, making it the second warmest year.

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Earth's global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest on record, says an analysis by the US space agency NASA.

Prior to this report, 2015 was ranked as the second hottest year and 2014 as the third hottest.

The 2015 Paris agreement, which seeks to shift the world economy from fossil fuels this century, aims to limit temperatures to "well below" a rise of 2C above pre-industrial times while pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5C.

Government scientists published on Thursday that 2017 was one of the hottest years recorded. "And we're not going to go back". What really matters is the clear warming trend, he said.

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