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2016 was Earth's warmest year on record, international report shows

Greenhouse gases, sea level also continue to rise

Sea ice is seen from NASA's Operation IceBridge research aircraft off the northwest coast on March 30, 2017 above Greenland.
Sea ice is seen from NASA's Operation IceBridge research aircraft off the northwest coast on March 30, 2017 above Greenland. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

1 AU (EARTH) – Last year was the hottest ever recorded on Earth in 137 years, an international report released Thursday from the American Meteorological Society shows.

The 2016 State of Climate report shows that the temperatures continue to rise, each year surpassing the last.

The State of Climate is based on information from more than 500 scientists from 60 countries using tens of thousands of measurements from independent data. The report is released every year and is led by the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information.

Read the full State of Climate report here.

“Major indicators of climate change continued to reflect trends consistent with a warming planet,” the report said.

Greenhouse gases were also measured at a record high for 2016. The gases which are a combination of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, surpassed 400 parts per million for the first time in 800,000 years, according to the report.

Global sea levels achieved a new record high in 2016, the sixth year in a row that Earth has seen an increase in sea levels.

Translation: As Earth’s climate changes it directly affects sea level rise, greenhouse gas concentrations and land and ocean temperatures. But scientists have been proving that for years.


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