U.S. government agency studies show that 2014 was the warmest year on record, and suggest findings bolster the argument that people are altering the Earth's climate. Mana Rabiee reports.
2014 was the warmest year on record. That's according to separate studies by U.S. space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They say the 10 warmest years ever on record have all taken place since 1997, and that the finding bolsters the argument that people are altering the Earth's climate. NASA Climate Scientist John Tucker. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NASA CLIMATE SCIENTIST AT GODDARD, JOHN TUCKER, SAYING: "What we all hope is that all of the observations which we collect will be interpreted by our leaders and they will realize that it's important to have a constant climate on the planet. This is very important for our civilization and not to perturb it. And that's what I hope happens." The scientists say the record temperatures were spread around the globe... from Europe to North Africa, from the western U.S. to far eastern Russia and elsewhere. Scientists warn of grave consequences in this century if global temperatures keep rising.. rising ocean levels, deadly extreme weather, and droughts that can harm food production.