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Climate Change: Global Temperature

Given the tremendous size and heat capacity of the global oceans, it takes a massive amount of added heat energy to raise Earthʼs average yearly surface temperature even a small amount.

The roughly 2-degree Fahrenheit (1 degrees Celsius) increase in global average surface temperature that has occurred since the pre-industrial era (1850-1900 in NOAA’s record) might seem small, but it means a significant increase in accumulated heat.

  • Author(s):
  • Rebecca Lindsey
  • Luann Dahlman
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Climate Change: Global Temperature
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Publisher:Department of Energy (DOE)
Published:January 18, 2024
License:Public Domain

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