According to the statistics and data compiled by the UN, 2016 was the hottest year on Earth. The heat records of this planet were broken for the consecutive third time, in the recent years.
The study conducted by World Meteorological Organization has revealed that global average temperature were about 1.1 degree Celsius (1.98 Fahrenheit) enhanced from the pre-industrial period, and about 0.07 degrees Celsius above the record set in 2015.
Petteri Taalas, the secretary general of the organization, has stated that:
“2016 was an extreme year for the global climate and stands out as the hottest year on record. Long-term indicators of human-caused climate change reached new heights in 2016. We have also broken sea ice minimum records in the Arctic and Antarctic.”
He further added that the passing year has made Arctic warm twice as fast as the global average. Furthermore, the atmospheric concentration for both methane and carbon dioxide has reached record levels.
The data collected by WMO was based on NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the UK’s Met Office Hadley Centre, and the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit.