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Human-caused warming likely led to recent streak of record-breaking temperatures new study finds

10 August 2017

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It is "extremely unlikely" 2014, 2015 and 2016 would have been the warmest consecutive years on record without the influence of human-caused climate change, according to the authors of a new study.

Temperature records were first broken in 2014, when that year became the hottest year since global temperature records began in 1880. These temperatures were then surpassed in 2015 and 2016, making last year the hottest year ever recorded. In 2016, the average global temperature across land and ocean surface areas was 0.94 degrees Celsius (1.69 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 20th century average of 13.9 degrees Celsius (57.0 degrees Fahrenheit), according to NOAA.

Source: AGU- American Geophysical Union

Image credit: Luis Iranzo Navarro-Olivares - Rising global temperatures are linked to more extreme weather events, such as heat waves, floods, and droughts.