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The last decade was the warmest ever recorded, NASA and NOAA find

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People bathe in the Trocadero Fountain in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris during a heatwave on June 28, 2019. Copyright Zakaria Abdelkafi AFP - Getty Images file
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By Denise Chow with NBC News Tech and Science News
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The data is a closely watched indicator of the Earth's changing climate, particularly as projections for future years anticipate the trend to continue.

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The past decade was the warmest ever recorded, government science agencies announced Wednesday.

That conclusion, based on newly released data, also found that 2019 was the second-hottest year in recorded history.

The yearly analysis is a closely watched indicator of the Earth's changing climate, particularly as projections for future years anticipate the trend to continue.

Average global temperatures in 2019 were 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit (0.95 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 20th century average, according to separate independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Last year fell just shy of 2016, which remains the hottest year in NOAA's 140-year climate record.

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