2023 EarthX Earth Day Expo is this weekend at Fair Park From Staff Reports Last year — 2022 — was officially the sixth-warmest year on record, according to information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The 2022 Global Climate Report from NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information reports that every month of 2022 ranked among the ten warmest for that month, despite the cooling influence from the La Niña climate pattern in the tropical Pacific.
That same report notes that the combined land and ocean temperature has increased at an average rate of 0.14o F per decade since 1880.
But the average rate of increase since 1981 has been more than twice as fast: 0.32 °F per decade. That means that we are on a collision course with a climate disaster of earth-shattering — literally — proportions: “The amount of future warming Earth will experience depends on how much carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases we emit in coming decades,” notes Climate.gov, the U.S.