2016 was the hottest year on record for planet Earth, in the 137 years that global temperature records have been kept. This news was released by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirming their results. This event also marks the third year in a row, starting in 2014, that global surface temperature records have been broken, with each successive year topping its predecessor.
“2016 is remarkably the third record year in a row in this series,” exclaims GISS Director Gavin Schmidt. “We don’t expect record years every year, but the ongoing long-term warming trend is clear.”