Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA calculated that in 2014 the world had its hottest year since it started keeping records 135 years ago. Earlier, the Japanese weather agency and an independent group out of University of California Berkeley also measured 2014 as the hottest on record as well.
Here are some of the statistics...
- NOAA said 2014 averaged 58.24 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.24 degrees above the 20th-century average.
- NASA, which calculates temperatures slightly differently, put 2014's average temperature at 58.42 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 1.22 degrees above the average of the years 1951-1980.
- The global annual temperature has increased at an average rate of 0.11°F (0.06°C) per decade since 1880, and at an average rate of 0.28°F (0.16°C) per decade since 1970.
- Earth broke NOAA records set in 2010 and 2005. The last time the Earth set an annual NOAA record for cold was in 1911.
- Nine of the 10 hottest years in NOAA global records have occurred since 2000. The odds of this happening at random are about 650 million to 1, according to University of South Carolina statistician John Grego. Two other statisticians confirmed his calculations.
- Every year in the 21st century has been in the top 20 warmest years on record, according to NOAA.
- Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies data says that temperatures have risen by about 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit since the mid-19th century and pre-industrial times
- NOAA estimated that last month was the hottest December on record.
- Last year also saw the hottest December on record.
- Six months in 2014 set marks for heat.
- The last time Earth set a monthly cold record was in December 1916.
- According to NOAA this was the 38th year in a row that the world was warmer than the 20th century average.
- Most people in the world and the United States were born after 1976 and have never lived in a cooler than normal year.
- Last year's warmest global temperature record made for the highest average temperature recorded in 135 years, surpassing previous records set in 2005 and 2010 by 0.07°F (0.04°C), according to the report. The fourth warmest year was recorded in 1998.
2014's heat was driven by record warmth in the world's oceans that didn't just break old marks... It shattered them. Record warmth spread across far eastern Russia, the western part of the United States, interior South America, much of Europe, northern Africa and parts of Australia.
Here are some Quotes...
Jennifer Francis. climate scientist at Rutgers University
"The globe is warmer now than it has been in the last 100 years and more likely in at least 5,000 years. Any wisps of doubt that human activities are at fault are now gone with the wind."
Tom Karl, director of NOAA's National Climatic Data Center said...
"Every continent had some aspect of record high temperatures"
Michael Mann, Pennsylvania State University professor...
"We are witnessing, before our eyes, the effect of human-caused climate change,"
Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies says temperatures will continue to rise with year-to-year variations and he wouldn't be surprised if 2015 breaks 2014's record and that...
"The increase in greenhouse gases is unrelenting and that in the end is going to dominate most things going on."
Despite all these statistics and all the quotes from scientists climate denial sites are still touting claims that the world has not warmed in 18 years.