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2019 was the second warmest on record, NASA and NOAA confirm

2019 was the second warmest on record, NASA and NOAA confirm

Science
Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Last year was the second warmest in recorded history, according to scientists as NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Every year, researchers at NASA and NOAA independently compile and process land and sea surface temperature data to produce an average global surface temperature. The statistical analysis and climate models deployed by each agency came to the same conclusion: 2019 was the second hottest in recorded history. Only 2016 was hotter. Scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, GISS, determined 2019 was 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 0.98 degrees Celsius, warmer than the mean temperature from 1951 to 1980. Climate scientists at NOAA calculated that 2019 was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit, 0.95 degrees Celsius, warmer than the 20th-ce...
Iran plane downing: Second day of protests turns up heat on leaders

Iran plane downing: Second day of protests turns up heat on leaders

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Iran's leaders have faced a second day of protests following their admission the military shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane, killing all 176 people on board, many of them Iranians.Protesters in Tehran and in several other cities chanted slogans against the leadership.Clashes with security forces and the firing of tear gas are reported.Iran admitted "unintentionally" hitting the plane after initially denying it, amid rising tensions with the US.The plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, was shot down near Tehran last Wednesday, shortly after Iran had launched missiles at two airbases housing US forces in Iraq.Those strikes were a response to the US killing of senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani ...
Climate change: Last decade UK’s ‘second hottest in 100 years’

Climate change: Last decade UK’s ‘second hottest in 100 years’

Science
A series of new records for high temperature were broken in the UK in 2019, concluding a record-breaking decade, the Met Office has said.The last decade was the second hottest in the past 100 years in the UK, with eight new high-temperature records set.Four new UK records were set last year alone, including the highest winter and summer temperatures ever recorded.Dr Mark McCarthy, from the Met Office in Exeter, said it was "a consequence of our warming climate".The 2010s were the second hottest and second wettest of the "cardinal" decades (those spanning years ending 0-9) in the last 100 years of UK records. In both cases, the 2010s were slightly behind 2000-2009, which holds the record for the hottest and wettest decade.The Met Office said this was partl...
David Moyes: West Ham appoint former boss for second spell

David Moyes: West Ham appoint former boss for second spell

Sports
David Moyes has been appointed as West Ham manager and will return for a second spell at the club.The Scot, 55, has signed an 18-month deal and starts with the New Year's Day home game against Bournemouth.He replaces Manuel Pellegrini, who was sacked after Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by a much-changed Leicester side. "I feel like I've got unfinished business," said Moyes, who led the Hammers to Premier League safety in a seven-month spell from November 2017.Former Everton and Manchester United boss Moyes, who took over from Slaven Bilic two years ago, left at the end of the season as the east London club decided to "go in a different direction" with former Manchester City manager Pellegrini.Bu...
SHINee honors Jonghyun on second anniversary of death

SHINee honors Jonghyun on second anniversary of death

Entertainment
Dec. 17 (UPI) -- South Korean boy band SHINee is honoring its late member, Jonghyun. The K-pop group paid tribute to Jonghyun in a post Tuesday on Twitter on the second anniversary of the singer's death. SHINee shared a black-and-white photo of Jonghyun performing. "'We love you,'" the group wrote in the caption. Jonghyun died by suicide at age 27 in December 2017. The remaining SHINee members, Onew, Key, Minho and Taemin, honored the singer at a concert the following February. "Please promise us one thing; to always remember Jonghyun," Minho entreated fans. SHINee released a three-part album, The Story of Light, in 2018 in the wake of Jonghyun's death. The group is on hiatus as Onew, Key and Minho complete their mandatory military service. The K-pop world was rocked again this year foll...