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NOAA says 2020 is likely to be the hottest year ever recorded

por Annis Castle (2020-10-11)

A new report from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says there is a 75 percent chance that 2020 will be the hottest year in recorded history.

Despite major reductions in air pollution across the world during COVID-19 shutdowns, climate scientists predict temperatures will continue to rise because of how much cumulative greenhouse gases are already in the atmosphere.

If 2020 doesn't pass the previous hottest year on record, 2016, ?????? the NOAA says it's all but certain to rank in the top five, all of which have happened since 2015.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Global Climate Report says there's a 75 percent chance that 2020 will be the hottest year on record, passing the previous high of 2016

'The emissions will go down this year, but the concentrations keep on rising,' University of Oxford climate scientist Karsten Haustein told The Guardian. 'We are very unlikely to be able to notice any slowdown in the built-up of atmospheric GHG levels.'

'But we have the unique chance now to reconsider our choices and use the corona crisis as a catalyst for more sustainable means of transport and energy production (via incentives, taxes, carbon prices etc).'





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An earlier estimate from The Met Office also put the odds of 2020 being the hotest year yet on record at 50 percent.