This September was the hottest September since record keeping began in 1880, NOAA said Wednesday. The agency also indicated 2020 will likely become the hottest year on record as well. The September record and 2020 projection are largely consistent with analysis from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Europe’s Copernicus Climate Change Service — the two other authoritative temperature-tracking agencies. All seven of the hottest Septembers on record have occurred during the past seven years, according to NOAA. The records, and the larger trends, are consistent with rapid global warming fueled mainly by humans‘ extraction and combustion of fossil fuels. (Washington Post $, AP)