By By Seth Borenstein
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON- Scientists say last year wasn’t quite as hot as 2016’s record-shattering mark, but it ranked either second or third, depending on who was counting.
Government agencies from the U.S. and the U.K., as well as a non-profit group in Berkeley, California, announced Thursday that by their varying measurements 2017 was either the third or second hottest year of any kind on record.
One agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says 2017’s global average temperature was 1.51 degrees (0.84