Two separate reports, from agencies emanating from two separate countries, say that, in terms of decades that have been documented, the 2010s were the hottest on record.
The United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United Kingdom’s Met Office both came to the same conclusion, producing separate studies from one another within the same week, demonstrating that record high temperatures in the past decade surpassed all other decades for which records have been kept between the two of them, per reporting from Axios.
“The world’s five warmest years have all occurred since 2015 with nine of the 10 warmest years occurring since 2005,” NOAA’s reported noted.
The Met Office came to the same conclusions, and also found that 2019 was the warmest year without an El Niño event to date.
“The balance of evidence using multiple data sets suggests that 2019, a year without a strong classical El Niño, is the second warmest year for annual global temperatures in records that begin in 1850,” The Met wrote. “Only 2016 has been warmer, a year when temperature was boosted by a significant El Niño.”
President Donald Trump has had a mixed record when it comes to acknowledging climate change, sometimes dismissing it outright and other times recognizing that it’s maybe happening. Whatever his views really are, he hasn’t been seen as a leader who is ready to dedicate government resources to combat the phenomenon.
— New York Post (@nypost) January 17, 2020
Next week, he may be challenged on the issue, not from environmentalists necessarily, but rather from business leaders. Trump is set to attend the World Economic Forum on Tuesday in Davos, Switzerland.
According to a report put out by WEF, citing 750 experts’ and business leaders’ opinions, issues related to the climate account for the top five of all long-term risks and concerns from the business community, CNBC reported.
Trump will reportedly be confronted on the issue while he’s at the conference.
“On climate change, that will be a topic that will be raised with him I am sure when he is in Davos…We like frank conversations to move the world forward,” WEF President Borge Brende said.