Earth sets temperature record for the third year in a row

The figures announced Wednesday come from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which measure global temperatures in slightly different ways.

Across Earth too, there was not a single land area that enjoyed lower-than-average temperatures previous year, warned NOAA.

NOAA says the annual global temperature record has been broken five times since the start of the 21st century. The year 2016, in fact, marked the third consecutive warmest year on record globally, with the months from January to August emerging as the warmest on record. It is undeniable. Since the late 19th century, the average surface temperature of the globe has shot up by 1.1 degrees Celsius.

Record warmth Global ocean temperatures were 0.75 degrees above the 20th century average, Noaa said.

What's particularly alarming is that most of the warming has happened in the past 35 years, with 16 of the 17 warmest years occurring since 2001.

According to NASA, the warming weather pattern known as El Nino was responsible for a 0.2 increase in temperatures worldwide, mostly in the year's first four months.

Yet even after taking this discrepancy into account, 2016 remains the warmest year on record. The Arctic was record warm during 2016, scientists have found, with record low sea ice and other widespread environmental changes.

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The 2016 temperatures continue a long-term warming trend, according to analyses by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in NY. This is in line with climate change impact projections.

But scientists suggest it was the opposite, compared to the 1997-98 El Niño, which was stronger than the recent anomaly.

The warming trend over the past few decades can be linked to the burning of oil, gas and coal that releases "greenhouse" gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, into the atmosphere. Scientists have indicated that such high temperatures were last observed around 115000 years ago.

Both organizations use extensive methods and resources to measure global temperature.

NASA has used various means of gathering data for temperature analysis.

In Africa, drought led to higher levels of starvation, the Times reported, and India recorded its highest temperature in history when the town of Phalodi reached 123.8 degrees. With Donald Trump, an outspoken skeptic of climate change, about to take office as USA president, some see little leadership on climate change for the next four years.

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