2016 is officially the warmest year on record. It beats out the previous standing record holder, 2015, by .07°F.
That’s a global heat record for the third year in a row, the World Meteorological Organization announced.
16 of the 17 warmest years have occurred since 2000, records go back to the 1800’s.
According to NASA, the earth warmed 2.0°F (1.1°C) since the late 1800’s, largely driven by carbon dioxide and other fossil fuel emissions to atmosphere from humans.
The continental U.S. saw its second warmest year on record and wetter than average precipitation conditions. Alaska hit number one for temperatures, warmest year on record for them.
As a result of these warm temperatures, sea ice has also been at a record low.
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