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A trace gas present in the atmosphere in miniscule amounts is helping scientists answer one of the biggest questions out there: Has plant growth increased alongside rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?
The March 2017 average global temperature was 1.89 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 54.9 degrees, according to the analysis by scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. This was the second highest for March in the 1880-2017 record, behind last year by 0.32 degrees. This also marks the first time the monthly temperature departure from average surpassed 1.8 degrees F in the absence of an El Nino effect in the tropical Pacific Ocean.
NOAA.gov, the agency’s flagship website was nominated in the “Government and Civil Innovation” category. NOAA’s Climate Explorer site, a part of the U.S.Climate Resilience Toolkit, was nominated in the “Best Visual Design - Function” category.