“While this planet has seen hotter days, and colder ones, what sets recent warming apart in the sweep of history is the relative suddenness of the rise in temperatures and its clear correlation with increasing levels of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane produced by human activity over the same period.” NYT: It’s Official: 2018 Was the Fourth-Warmest Year on Record. From the director of the NASA group that conducted the analysis: “The five warmest years have, in fact, been the last five years. We’re no longer talking about a situation where global warming is something in the future. It’s here. It’s now.” If that doesn’t get you hot under the collar, here’s one more stat: “Over all, 18 of the 19 warmest years have occurred since 2001.”

+ NPR: Global Warming Could Melt At Least A Third Of Himalayan Glaciers. “That could have disastrous effects on the water resources of some 240 million people.”