NASA: 2012 was the ninth-warmest year on record

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Climate scientists at NASA have ranked 2012 as the ninth-warmest year since 1880, when the agency began recording annual temperatures. Their findings also show that the ten hottest years over this 132-year period have all occurred since 1998, adding to a growing body of evidence that the world’s temperature is rising. The report, published by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), comes just a few days after the US government declared 2012 as the hottest year on record within the lower 48 states.

Last year, the world saw an average temperature of 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit , a full degree higher than NASA’s mid-20th century baseline average. Since 1880, this average has increased by 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit, with much of this…

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