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2015 was the hottest year on record, and the forecast for 2016 is warmer yet

2015 was the hottest year on record, and the forecast for 2016 is warmer yet

2015 was Earth's hottest year on record, and it appears the planet is still getting hotter.

Barely three weeks into the new year, climate researchers from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are already predicting that the average surface temperature around the planet is likely to be higher in 2016 than it was in 2015. That would mark the first time the average global temperature reached record-breaking heights for three consecutive years.

“It’s not unprecedented to have two years in a row of record-breaking temperatures, but in our records, we’ve never had three years in a row,” climatologist Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's...

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