Study: The past nine years (2013 to 2021) were the hottest on record

Fareeha Arshad
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According to the latest annual US agency report, the years between 2013 and 2021 were the hottest ever recorded. The average temperature in 2021 was noted to be about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the average temperature recorded from the twentieth century. Also, 2021 was the sixth hottest year since the 1800s.

According to a report by the Science Alert, the rising temperature can be attributed to the increased trapping of greenhouse gases like methane, carbon dioxide and others. As a result, scientists speculate that 2022 will also be among the hottest years to be recorded. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration assessed the increase or decrease in temperature based on the information available between 1880 and 1900. They discovered that the temperature across the Earth’s surface in 2021 was 1.87 degrees Fahrenheit, more than the average. In another report by NASA, 2018 and 2021 were tied as the sixth warmest years to be recorded.

Since the industrial revolution, there has been a rapid rise in greenhouse gases contributing to global warming. Therefore, researchers have warned that to avoid drastic repercussions because of the rapid increase in temperature, the century’s global temperature must not surpass the current average. However, suppose the planet continues to warm up at the present rate, then by 2030s, it is expected that the temperatures may rise by 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit and lead to dangerous outcomes like mega-storms and the complete extinction of the coral reefs, to name a few. Therefore, it is imperative that we focus on personal accountability and do our part to save our planet.

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