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Smashing All Previous Records, 2015 on Track to Be Hottest Year Yet

(COMMON DREAMS) Lauren McCauley — The planet Earth, with mankind’s help, is leap-frogging into sweltering new territory.

With the monthly update from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) out Monday, three of the world’s official climate reporting agencies agree that June 2015 was the hottest on record, and that this year is shaping up to be the hottest year yet.

What’s more, scientists say this trend is likely to continue and that 2016 could very well surpass 2015’s record-breaking temperatures.

According to NOAA, “The June globally-averaged land surface temperature was 2.27°F (1.26°C) above the 20th century average. This was the highest for June in the 1880–2015 record, surpassing the previous record set in 2012 by 0.11°F (0.06°C).”

This followed reports from NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency last week which found similar results. According to both NASA and NOAA, the year-to-date period (January-June) was also the warmest such period on record, with four of the six warmest months in recorded history occurring so far in 2015, putting us on the path to breaking 2014’s record as the hottest documented year.

Source: Smashing All Previous Records, 2015 on Track to Be Hottest Year Yet | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community