How Is the Global Climate Changing?
Recorded Global Temperature Changes
Global mean temperatures over land and ocean have increased over the past three decades as illustrated by the graphic.
- The global average surface temperature has risen between 1.08
°Fand 1.26 °F since the start of the 20th century (NOAA, 2006).
- The rate of increase since 1976 has been approximately three times faster than the century-scale trend (NCDC, 2008).
- Mean temperatures for the contiguous United States have risen at a rate near 0.6 °F per decade (NCDC, 2008).
- Six of the ten warmest years on record for the contiguous United States have occurred since 1998 (NCDC, 2008).
- Including 2007, seven of the eight warmest years on record globally have occurred since 2001 (NCDC, 2008).
- The 10 warmest years globally have all occurred since 1995 (NCDC, 2008).
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