Last decade was warmest on record: Report

Global land temperatures are increasing and scientists said the Australia fires were part of the dramatic fallout from climate change.
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To other news tonight, and climate change, of course, was a major issue in last night's tonight here, the alarming new numbers from scientists at both nasa and noaa. Here's ABC's James Longman. Reporter: Those extreme and deadly wildfires continue to ravage Australia. And tonight, the alarming numbers. According to a new report, the last decade was the Earth's warmest on record. 2019 the second hottest year ever. Global land temperatures increasing. Scientists say the bush fires part of the dramatic fallout from climate change. And rising over Australia tonight, a phenomenon known as "Fire clouds" sporting dangerous weather conditions that fueling the flames. And the battle with the elements goes to the ends of the Earth. Heat levels in the ocean the highest ever recorded. Melting sea ice at a distressing rate. One study finding the amount of heat being released by climate change equals five Hiroshima explosions per second. We've made it. We've landed on Antarctica. I you a the devastating reality first-hand. And climate researchers telling me time is of the essence. I'm hopeful we can fight climate change, both here and at home. Reporter: And nasa says human activities are leading to record amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which warms the planet. And if those emissions don't drop, we can expect much more extreme and unpredictable climate. David? James Longman on climate change tonight. James, thank you.

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