The last eight years were also the eight warmest recorded.Since 2021 was the sixth warmest year on record, that means the planet has continued to warm despite last year's continuing La Niña. Even more alarming was that the past eight years have been the eight warmest years on record. Yikes!
ABC News continued with 2022 was 3rd-costliest year for storms in US history: NOAA.
NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad joins ABC News Live to discuss the agency’s new climate report, which concludes 2022 was the third-costliest year for the U.S., among other alarming findings.In addition, it was the third warmest year on record for the U.S. The clips near the end serve as an update to PBS Terra wonders 'Historic Megaflood Reveals Major Risk... in the United States' Driest Region?' It's not as if we weren't warned.
Follow over the jump for reports from the rest of the planet.
Europe was even warmer last year than the U.S. and the world as a whole, as Reuters reported in Europe had second-warmest year on record in 2022, scientists say.
Europe experienced its second-warmest year on record in 2022, European Union scientists said, as climate change unleashed record-breaking weather extremes that slashed crop yields, dried up rivers and led to thousands of deaths.Last August, I wrote about the European drought "Yikes! That's scary. Good thing Trevor is presenting it as comedy, so I can laugh instead of weeping because I can see the dire message on the hunger stone." No comedy here, so it's time to weep.
Canada also experienced extreme weather associated with climate change, as CBC News reported in 2022 was fifth-warmest year on record, new report says.
2022 was the fifth-warmest year on record, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, despite it being a La Nina year which would typically be cooler. That news is adding urgency to calls for Canada to prepare for the effects of more extreme weather.This is all bad news except for the silver lining that Canadians, at least, are talking about climate change and talking seriously about preparing and mitigating its effects. Too bad it's taking a crisis to get people to take it seriously.