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2017 'very likely' in top three warmest years on record

2017 'very likely' in top three warmest years on record

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The year 2017 is "very likely" to be in the top three warmest years on record, according to provisional figures from the World Meteorological Organization.The WMO says it will likely be the hottest year in the absence of the El Niño phenomenon.The scientists argue that the long-term trend of warming driven by human activities continues unabated.They say many of the "extraordinary" weather events seen this year bear the hallmarks of climate change.On the opening day of this year's key UN climate talks, researchers from the WMO have presented their annual State of the Global Climate report.It follows hot on the heels of their greenhouse gases study from last week which found that concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere were the highest on record. While the new study only covers January to Se
US report confirms 2016 as warmest year on record

US report confirms 2016 as warmest year on record

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A report compiled by a US government agency has confirmed that 2016 was the warmest year on record and the third year in a row of record global warmth.The heat was the result of long-term global warming and a strong El Niño weather phenomenon, the report said.Global surface and sea temperatures, sea levels and greenhouse gases levels were all at record highs, it added.The report comes after President Donald Trump announced plans for the US to quit the 2015 Paris climate accord.Animation: Climate change explained in six graphicsWhat is climate change?Mr Trump has previously dismissed climate change as "a hoax".The international report, State of the Climate in 2016, was compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is based on contributions from nearly 500 scient