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NASA: 2017 was second warmest year since 1880

NASA: 2017 was second warmest year since 1880

Science
Jan. 18 (UPI) -- NASA temperature measurements suggest 2017 was the second warmest year since detailed record keeping began in 1880. NOAA data suggests last year was the third warmest in modern history."The minor difference in rankings is due to the different methods used by the two agencies to analyze global temperatures, although over the long-term the agencies' records remain in strong agreement," NOAA announced in a news release.When mitigating the impacts of the El Nino pattern in the Pacific, the data showed 2017 was the warmest year on record.According to scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, the average global temperature in 2017 was 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average temperature between 1951 and 1980. Only 2016 was hotter, according to ...
2017 'warmest year without El Niño'

2017 'warmest year without El Niño'

Science
Manmade climate change is now dwarfing the influence of natural trends on the climate, scientists say. Last year was the second or third hottest year on record - after 2016 and on a par with 2015, the data shows. But those two years were affected by El Niño - the natural phenomenon centred on the tropical Pacific Ocean which works to boost temperatures worldwide.Take out this natural variability and 2017 would probably have been the warmest year yet, the researchers say.The acting director of the UK Met Office, Prof Peter Stott, told BBC News: "It's extraordinary that temperatures in 2017 have been so high when there's no El Niño. In fact, we’ve been going into cooler La Niña conditions. "Last year was substantially warmer than 1998 which had a very big El Niño. "It shows clearly that the
Blue Planet II tops 2017 TV ratings

Blue Planet II tops 2017 TV ratings

Entertainment
David Attenborough's underwater documentary series Blue Planet II was the most-watched TV show of 2017.The 29 October episode - the first of the series - attracted more than 14 million viewers to BBC One.Blue Planet II occupied the top four slots in the end-of-year top 10.Strictly Come Dancing was the second most popular show, followed by I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, the One Love Manchester concert, Broadchurch and Britain's Got Talent.The One Love concert was held to raise money for victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack.The Great British Bake Off was the most watched programme in 2016 with 15.9 million viewers, but was absent from this year's top 10 following its move to Channel 4.The top 10 most-watched TV shows of 2017This table has the highest-rated episodes of each ...
UK house price growth slowed in 2017, says Halifax

UK house price growth slowed in 2017, says Halifax

Business
House prices grew much more slowly in 2017 than in the previous year, the UK's largest mortgage lender has reported. The Halifax said prices rose by 2.7% in 2017 - compared with a 6.5% increase in 2016. On a calendar year basis, that is the lowest rise since 2012.The slowdown was driven by a squeeze on real wage growth and continuing uncertainty over the economy, it said. At the end of the year the average house price across the UK was £225,021.The Halifax research echoes last week's figures from the Nationwide, which suggested prices rose by 2.6% in 2017.During the month of December, the Halifax said that prices actually fell by 0.6%, the first monthly decline since June last year.Biggest house price rises for 2017 revealedLondon's most affordable commuter townsHowever, the Halifax still
Ray BLK: Sound of 2017 winner looks back

Ray BLK: Sound of 2017 winner looks back

Entertainment
Ray BLK never expected to win the BBC's Sound of 2017."I just remember thinking it was a prank," she laughs. "I wasn't prepared for it at all."The soul singer was the first unsigned artist to top the annual list, which predicts the biggest new stars in music - but she resisted the temptation to rush out an album."It would have been too soon," she says. "People were only just getting to know me at that point."On her first single of 2017, Patience (Freestyle), the 24-year-old explained she'd only bother us when she had something to say. "They're running just to get in first place / I'm walking, going at my own pace," she sang. "They say slow and steady wins the race."That's not to say Ray, who was born Rita Ekwere in Nigeria, has been dragging her heels. Over the last 12 months, she's appear...