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Record Breaking Global Temperature Rise in 2015 - January 22nd

Global Temperature Rise

It is thought that the rise in temperature over the year can be attributed to both El Niño and man-made warming.

The data released by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA) shows that last year “shattered” the previous record by 0.13C. The previous record was held by 2014.]

According to Noaa, the increase in temperature over land and ocean surfaces between 2014 and 2015 was the largest margin by which the record has been broken.

In the UK, the Met Office predicted that 2015 would be between 0.52 and 0.76 above the long-term average.

"Looking ahead, 2016 looks like it's also going to be another warm year and that's associated with the fact that human influence on the climate through greenhouse gas emissions has pushed us into new territory," said Dr Peter Stott from the British meteorological organisation's Hadley research centre.

"We're much warmer than we were and then we've got the continuing effects of El Niño in the Pacific Ocean as well."

"The end of 2015 was very exceptional in many ways. Here in the UK we had both the wettest and the warmest December in our records going back to 1910, but also globally," said Dr Stott.

 

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