Copyright Earth Policy Institute 2004
December 9, 2004
Eco-Economy Indicators are the twelve trends to track that measure
progress—or lack thereof—in building an eco-economy. This third updated
Eco-Economy Indicator is on global temperature.
GLOBAL TEMPERATURE RISE ACCELERATING
October 2004 was the warmest October since recordkeeping began in 1880.
February was the second hottest and March the third hottest on record. The
average global temperature for the first 10 months of the year—14.57
degrees Celsius (26.22 degrees Fahrenheit)—makes 2004 the fourth warmest
year on record. These record-breaking readings, which come from the global
series maintained by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, continue
a trend of rising global temperatures.
For entire text see http://www.earth-policy.org/Indicators/Temp/2004.htm
For data see http://www.earth-policy.org/Indicators/Temp/Temp_data.htm
And for more information on the effects of rising temperature, see Chapter
4 of Lester Brown’s book, PLAN B: Rescuing a Planet
Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble, posted at
For an index of Earth Policy Institute resources related to Temperature
and Climate see http://www.earth-policy.org/Indicators/Temp/index.htm