2020 wit­nesses hottest Jan­uary on record

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WASH­ING­TON: Last month was the hottest Jan­uary on record, sur­pass­ing a pre­vi­ous high recorded in 2016, the US cli­mate ser­vice said on Thurs­day.

Land and ocean sur­face tem­per­a­tures sur­passed the 20th cen­tury Jan­uary av­er­age of 53.6 de­grees Fahren­heit (12 de­grees Cel­sius) by 2.05 de­grees, the Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion said.

And they beat Jan­uary 2016 -- the hottest Jan­uary since records be­gan in 1880 -by a nar­row 0.04 de­grees.

The news con­firms a sim­i­lar find­ing by the Euro­pean Union’s cli­mate mon­i­tor­ing ser­vice last week, which used slightly dif­fer­ent data.

Across much of Rus­sia and parts of Scan­di­navia and eastern Canada, tem­per­a­tures were nine de­grees above av­er­age or higher.

Arc­tic sea ice cov­er­age in Jan­uary was 5.3% be­low the 1981-2010 av­er­age, while Antarc­tic cov­er­age was 9.8% be­low.

Sci­en­tists agree over­whelm­ingly that man-made green­house gas emis­sions are a sig­nif­i­cant cause of the plan­e­tary warm­ing we are cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

The United Na­tions said last year these need to tum­ble 7.6% an­nu­ally over the next decade to cap global warm­ing at 1.5 C (2.7 F)above pre-in

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Man-made green­house gas emis­sions are a sig­nif­i­cant cause of the plan­e­tary warm­ing.

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