2018 was the fourth-hottest year on record

2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record, federal climate experts announced today — just behind 2015, 2016, and 2017. The year also featured $91 billion in direct losses from 14 billion-dollar weather disasters in the United States, making it the fourth-costliest year on record, too.

It’s another data point in an alarming trend of rising average global surface temperatures, which have climbed roughly 2 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880. “This warming has been driven in large part by increased emissions into the atmosphere of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases caused by human activities,” according to a NASA press release.

The results mean that, put together, the last five years have been the hottest ever recorded, according to…

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