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Hottest year on record has human fingerprints all over it

hottest year on record

Creative Commons: Scientific Visualisation Studio/Goddard Space Flight Centre, 2016

The world’s recent run of record-breaking warm years would have been near impossible without man-made climate change.

That’s the clear finding of a new study which showed that 13 of the 15 hottest year in the 150-year-long record have happened in the current, still young, century.

It comes as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirms that the global average surface temperature in 2015 shattered all previous records – reaching the threshold of 1DegC above pre-industrial temperatures for the first time.

Coming just weeks after nearly 200 governments agreed to work to contain climate change, the latest findings offer yet another stark warning for leaders of the need to urgently turn their Paris pledges into definitive actions.

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