NASA has released an unsettling video on climate change showing Earth’s average temperature has risen over 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1880s, while the NOAA has confirmed that 2020 is tied as the hottest year ever.
Unsettling new NASA video shows 2020 tied for hottest year on record
A video officially posted by NASA on their “NASA Goddard” YouTube channel begins showing a global heat map for the past four years, 2016-2020. The map shows predominant warm colors of yellows, oranges, darker orange and burnt sienna.
The map switches to show the years 1886-1890, becoming predominantly blue with some yellows over the American West and Mexican Northwest, and with dark orange for the southern quarter of Africa. There is also yellow and some orange over the northern half of the Atlantic Ocean.
The caption reads: “2020 tied for the hottest year on record, matching 2016, NASA found.”
The video begins rapidly shifting and 4-year increments. We see yellow and orange colors expanding northward into Africa, encompassing about half the continent by 1897.
As we reach 1900, we see yellow appearing in growing over South America. The caption reads: “Earth’s average temperature has risen more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1880s.”
The video switches to billowing smokestacks, reminding us that the 1900s are when the industrial age began, and the profound difference that age has made on the climate.
The captions read: “This continues a long-term trend of warming caused by rising greenhouse gas levels from human activities like burning fossil fuels.”
The video brings us back to the year 1931. Previously the United States was mostly blue on the heat map except for the West, but now, the entire US is yellow, and the eastern half of the nation is slightly orangeish in color. The captions tell us: “Modern global temperature records extend back 140 years. NASA and NOAA work together to monitor the global climate and how it’s changing.”
Live video switches to show us the declining ice in the Arctic. The caption tells us: “This year saw a record fire and hurricane seasons and near record low Arctic sea ice extent – all likely consequences of increasing global temperatures.”
The video switches to show heat map of the years 1996-2000, then progresses in 4-year increments stopping at the years 2016-2020. The darkening red over the landmasses and oceans show the dramatic changes occurring across Earth’s continents. The caption specify: “The last decade was the warmest decade on record.”
NOAA, NASA: 2020 tied for hottest year ever
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The year 2020 is tied with the hottest year the planet Earth has ever experienced since record keeping began.
The previous hottest year on record was the year 2016, according to the NOAA. In 2020, land and ocean surface temperatures averaged 1.76 degree Fahrenheit above the 20th century average, and just 0.04 degree cooler than in 2016.
“Last year also was the hottest ever recorded for the Northern Hemisphere, which saw temperatures at 2.3 degrees above the 20th century average,” Newsmax reported.
According to NASA: “Globally, 2020 was the hottest year on record, effectively tying 2016, the previous record. Overall, Earth’s average temperature has risen more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1880s. Temperatures are increasing due to human activities, specifically emissions of greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and methane.”
“2020 edged out 2016 by a very small amount, within the margin of error of the analysis, making the years effectively tied for the warmest year on record,” NASA said in a press release.
“The last seven years have been the warmest seven years on record, typifying the ongoing and dramatic warming trend,” said Gavin Schmidt, director at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). “Whether one year is a record or not is not really that important – the important things are long-term trends. With these trends, and as the human impact on the climate increases, we have to expect that records will continue to be broken.”