Nine of the Ten Hottest Years in a Century Have Been in the Past Decade

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Jan. 18 2013 7:45 AM

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Global annual mean surface air temperature change, from 1880 - 2012.
Global annual mean surface air temperature change, from 1880 - 2012.

Image credit: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

 

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Now that we know 2012 was the ninth hottest year on record since 1880…

 

Temperature anomalies (deviation from average) 2008 - 2012
Temperature anomalies—the deviations from average—for 2008 - 2012.

Image credit: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies/NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio

…and that we know this…

 

9 of the 10 hottest years have been in the past decade

Image credit: NASA

…and that we also know the ten hottest years have all been since 1998…

 

Earth on fire

 

For more info, please see NASA's new Climate 365 page, or visit their Climate 365 Tumblr account.

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