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2018 Was Earth's Fourth-Hottest Year On Record, Scientists Say

The last five years are also the five hottest years on record for average global temperature, according to scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Earth's long-term warming Kathryn Mersmanntrend can be seen in this visualization of NASA's global temperature record, compared to a baseline average from 1951 to 1980. Source: Kathryn Mersmann

Once again, the world was unusually hot in 2018. In fact, on average, it was the fourth hottest year around the planet since modern record-keeping began in 1880.

If a warming planet were an Olympic sport, fourth wouldn't make the podium. But consider the context: the hottest

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