Chris Mooney, Washington Post, August 14, 2018,  Medford Mail Tribune, August 15, 2018

The next five years will be ‘anomalously warm,’ scientists predict

Humans are already making the planet warmer. Now Earth could help speed the process up.

The past four years have been the four warmest ever recorded — and now, according to a new scientific forecast, the next five will also probably be “anomalously warm,” even beyond what the steady increase in global warming would produce on its own.

That could include another record warmest year, even warmer than the current record year of 2016. It could also include an increased risk of heat extremes and a major heat event somewhere in the Earth’s oceans, of the sort that has triggered recent die-offs of coral reefs across the tropics.

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