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NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) completed two separate studies, both declaring 2016’s heat to be unprecedented. Teams of scientists in Britain and Japan also came to the same conclusion confirming that 2016, globally, was the hottest year ever registered.

Although El Niño contributed to some of the warming effect in late 2015 and early 2016, researchers reiterated that the long-term effects of human-made CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions are the biggest factor behind rising temperatures.

With the effects of El Niño coming to a close at the end of last year, scientists expect 2017 to cool off a bit.





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