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International climate report confirms 2018 was 4th warmest year on record for planet

12 August 2019

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A new State of the Climate report confirmed that 2018 was the fourth warmest year in records dating to the mid-1800s.

Last year was the fourth warmest year on record despite La Niña conditions early in the year and the lack of a short-term warming El Niño influence until late in the year. The report found that the major indicators of climate change continued to reflect trends consistent with a warming planet. Several markers such as sea level and greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere once again broke records set just one year prior.

Source: NOAA

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