NASA Analysis: Earth 2020 Tied for Warmest Year on Record

NASA has completed their analysis of global temperatures for 2020. The year is effectively tied with the previous warmest year on record, 2016. 2020 reached this milestone without the strong warming El Nino effect that was observed in 2016, pointing to the fact that the overall conditions lead to sustained warming across the globe. 2020 is a continuation of the rapid warming trend we have experienced over the past few decades. The most recent decade is the warmest on record.

The warming and changing world is leading to decreasing ice sheets and sea ice, rising sea levels, longer and more intense heat waves, and changing ecosystems. 2020 also saw record wildfire and hurricane seasons along with record low Arctic sea ice levels.

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