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Last 4 years hottest on record: UN

The last four years were the hottest since global temperature records began, the UN confirmed Wednesday in an analysis that it said was a ‘clear sign of continuing long-term climate change.’
The UN’s World Meteorological Organization said in November that 2018 was set to be the fourth warmest year in recorded history, stressing the urgent need for action to rein in runaway planetary warming.

On Wednesday it incorporated the final weeks of last year into its climate models and concluded that average global surface temperature in 2018 was 1 degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial baseline levels.

2016, boosted by a strong El Nino that normally tips the mercury northwards, remains the hottest year on record.
The 20 warmest years in history all occurred within the last 22 years.

‘The long-term temperature trend is far more important than the ranking of individual years, and that trend is an upward one,’ said WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas.
‘The degree of warming during the past four years has been exceptional, both on land and in the ocean.’

Similar reports on climate trends released by the US space agency NASA and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed that last year was the fourth warmest in modern times.

Sea ice cover in the Arctic and Antarctic both marked the second lowest ever observed.
Meanwhile, there were 14 weather-related disasters costing one billion dollars or more.
‘The 14 events, in total, claimed at least 247 lives and cost $91 billion,’ NOAA said in a statement.
‘About $73 billion of this total was attributable to three events: Hurricanes Michael ($25 billion) and Florence ($24 billion), and the complex of western wildfires ($24 billion).’

The WMO said heightened temperatures also contributed to a number of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, droughts and flash flooding.
‘Many of the extreme weather events are consistent with what we expect from a changing climate. This is the reality we need to face up to,’ Taalas said.
The UN body also said that 2019 had picked up where 2018 left off, with Australia experiencing its warmest January on record. It warned that intense heatwaves ‘are becoming more frequent as a result of climate change.’

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