Yesterday, NASA and NOAA announced that, “The globally averaged temperature departure from average over land and ocean surfaces for 2019 was the second highest since record keeping began in 1880. NOAA also found that the ocean heat content in 2019 was the highest in recorded history.”

Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement.

“For decades we have been warned that the global temperatures would rise if we didn’t prescribe measures to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The real and devastating impacts of the climate crisis are being felt now in communities across the U.S. and the world.

“As the Chairwoman of the House Science Committee, it has been one of my top priorities to address this issue. Yesterday morning the Science Committee held our first hearing of the year, ‘An Update on the Climate Crisis: From Science to Solutions,’ to get the latest scientific information on climate change and its impacts and to discuss the potential solutions that we can begin to invest in and implement. Last year we also moved a number of good bills out of the Committee and the House that authorized significant investments in federal research, development, and demonstration efforts to help address the impacts of climate change we are already seeing. I hope the Senate will now consider those bills, so scientists within and outside of the federal government will be able to advance mitigation and adaptation strategies.”