Two US government agencies – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Space shuttle Nasa – said that Thursday, 2021, was the sixth warmest year on record.

According to new temperature measurements published Wednesday, in 2021, Earth would have had the sixth hottest year on record.

And scientists say the unusually hot year is part of a long-term warming trend, indicating signs that it is accelerating.

Two US science agencies – Nasa and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – and a private measuring organisation released their calculations on Thursday for global temperature last year, all saying it would not lagged far behind the record-setting hotter years of 2016 and 2020.

Six separate calculations established that 2021 was between the 5th and seventh highest year since the end of the 19th century.

Nasa said 2021 will be the sixth warmest year on record, with NOAA putting the previous year ahead of 2018 as the sixth warmest on record.

Scientists say La Nia’s natural cooling of parts of the Central Pacific, which is altering weather patterns worldwide and bringing cooler deep sea waters to the surface, led to a decline in global temperatures, such as that of El Nio, which made it reach the downside in 2016.

Climate scientist Kathie Dello, 39, from North Carolina, who had no say in the new reports but said that they were meaningful, said:”I’ve only lived in a warming world and I wish that the younger generations did not have to say the same. It didn’t have to be this way.

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and space research. (wikipedia)

James Hansen

James Edward Hansen is an American adjunct professor directing the Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. (wikipedia)