The Earth is feeling hot hot hot thanks to rising global temperatures.
Last year was officially Earth’s fourth hottest year, according to newly released climate analysis by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“2018 is yet again an extremely warm year on top of a long-term global warming trend,” said Gavin Schmidt, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies Director.
In 2018, the average global temperature was 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 1951-80 mean.
The average global surface temperature has risen about 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1880s.
Schmidt explained change in temperatures is due to “increased emissions into the atmosphere of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases caused by human activities.”
So far — 2015, 2016, and 2017 were the hottest years on record.
As for the United States, 2018’s climate was warmer-than-average for the 22nd consecutive year, according to the AA.
It was also the 14th warmest year for the U.S. on record.
“The impacts of long-term global warming are already being felt — in coastal flooding, heat waves, intense precipitation and ecosystem change,” Schmidt said.
The Arctic region had seen the strongest warming trends and continued loss of sea ice in Greenland and Antarctic.