Last month was the hottest January recorded, exceeding the previous maximum recorded in 2016, the US climate service said Thursday. UU.
Terrestrial and oceanic surface temperatures exceeded the January 20 century average of 53.6 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius) at 2.05 degrees, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.
And they surpassed January 2016, the hottest January since records began in 1880, by a narrow 0.04 degrees.
The news confirms a similar finding made by the European Union’s climate monitoring service last week, which used slightly different data.
In much of Russia and parts of Scandinavia and eastern Canada, temperatures were nine degrees above average or higher.
The coverage of sea ice in the Arctic in January was 5.3 percent lower than the 1981-2010 average, while Antarctic coverage was 9.8 percent lower.
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Scientists overwhelmingly agree that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are an important cause of the global warming we are currently experiencing.
The United Nations said last year that they should drop 7.6 percent annually over the next decade to limit global warming to 1.5 C (2.7 F) above pre-industrial levels, the aspirational goal set in the historic Paris Agreement.
Current promises to reduce emissions put the Earth on a path of several degrees of warming by the end of the century, which will make large areas of the planet inhospitable to humans and many other species.