|A firefighter works as the Caldor Fire burns in Grizzly Flats, California, on Aug 22, 2021. (Photo by= Reuters/Fred Greaves)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] WASHINGTON: Last year ranked as the sixth-warmest year on record, causing extreme weather events around the world and adding to evidence that the globe is in a long-term warming trend, according to an analysis released on Thursday (Jan 13) by two US government agencies, Reuters reported.
The data compiled by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA also revealed that the last eight years were the eight hottest and the last decade was the warmest since record-keeping began in 1880, officials said. Last year's extreme heatwave in the US Pacific Northwest, intense rains from Hurricane Ida, and flooding in Germany and China were linked to global warming, the agencies said.
"It's certainly warmer now than at any time in at least the past 2,000 years, and probably much longer," Russell Vose, chief of the analysis and synthesis branch of NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, said on a call with reporters. He added that 2022 would almost certainly rank among the 10 warmest years on record. The warming in 2021 occurred despite the presence of La Nina in the eastern Pacific Ocean, a cooling trend that generally lowers global temperatures.