Global meteorological agencies reported, Thursday, that global warming has reached or close to record hot temperature levels in 2020.
NASA and two other meteorological agencies said that 2020 had basically surpassed or tied with 2016 as the warmest year on record, while more agencies, including the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration in the United States, said last year was ranked. Second or third.
The differences in classification are mostly attributed to how scientists deal with data gaps in the Arctic, which is warming faster than the rest of the world.
“Another year, the same story recorded global warming. As we continue to generate carbon pollution, we expect the planet to heat up. That’s exactly what we’re seeing,” said Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University who was not part of the measurement teams.
And scientists said all we have to do is look outside.
“We’ve seen heatwaves. We’ve seen fires. We’ve seen (melting) the Arctic. We expect (the Earth) to become hotter and that’s exactly what happened,” said NASA’s chief climate scientist, Gavin Schmidt.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that the average temperature in 2020 was 58.77 degrees (14.88 degrees Celsius), just a few fractional degrees of difference from 2016.
NASA saw that 2020 was much warmer than 2016 but very close to it in a way that makes the two fundamentally related.
The European Copernicus Group also described it as tightly connected to its hottest year, with 2016 being only slightly warmer.
The Japan Meteorological Agency put 2020 as warmer than 2016, but a separate calculation by Japanese scientists placed 2020 third after 2016 and 2019.
The World Meteorological Organization, Britain’s Meteorological Agency, and the Berkeley Earth Monitoring Team 2016 put it first.