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NOAA released the annual State of the Climate report, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. This is the 25th year of the report, compiled by 413 scientists from 58 countries around the world. It provides an extensive look at key regional and global climate indicators, significant weather events, and other environmental data from land, water, ice, and space. There are also special chapters focusing on the oceans, tropics, Arctic and Antarctic.


  • Four major independent datasets show 2014 was globally the warmest year since records began in 1880.

  • While cool conditions prevailed across eastern half of North America, across the rest of the world, 2014 was unusually warm compared to the 1961–1990 average.

  • In 2014, the globally averaged sea surface temperature was 0.34°-0.49°F above the 1981-2010 average — the highest on record according to all datasets. And sea level was at a record high.

  • September Arctic sea ice extent is declining at a rate of 13.3% per decade. The 8 lowest extents have occurred in past 8 years. Regarding land ice, preliminary data suggests that 2014 will be the 31st consecutive year of net glacier ice loss.

  • The global growth rate of carbon dioxide has accelerated from about 0.6 ppm per year in the early 1960s to an average of 2 ppm per year during the past 10 years.

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