Climate Change Roaring Ahead, with Little in Its Way, Studies Show

Jan 11, 2023

Global Temperature Anomalies

Our warming planet received a double dose of bad news. Greenhouse gas emissions from the US are continuing to increase. Also, the Earth has suffered through its warmest eight years in recorded climate history.

Greenhouse gasses add to climate change. US greenhouse gas emissions increased slightly in 2022. They rose 1.3% compared with the previous year, according to the Rhodium Group, a research firm. This comes even as the US created more energy from renewable-energy sources than from coal. That's the first time that's happened in 60 years. Coal is a fossil fuel. Burning it contributes to climate change. Wind and solar power are renewable-energy sources.

“For the US to accelerate its decarbonization progress, more of that coal is going to need to go away,” an associate director at Rhodium told The Washington Post.

The Earth is continuing to warm. Very hot summer temperatures around the world made 2022 the fifth-hottest year on record. The eight warmest years have now been between 2014 to 2022. That's according to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service. 2016 was the hottest year ever. 

The Earth is now hotter than it was in the second half of the 19th Century by 1.2 degrees Celsius. The burning of fossil fuels puts more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The gas traps heat. That causes the earth to warm.

2022’s temperature ranking didn't surprise scientists. “The rare event now would be to see a really cold year,” said Copernicus’s director. 

Based on information in both the article and the infographic, the Earth’s warmest year on record was _______. (Common Core RI.5.7; RI.6.7)
a. 2000
b. 2016
c. 2020
d. 2022
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