2016 is the Hottest Year on Record
The impact of climate change can be most readily observed in rising global and local air temperature. Tom Randall and Black Migliozzi of the Bloomberg Company created an animated graphic showing average global temperature since 1880. Departures from the 20th century average is shown in the bar graph at the bottom of the animation. 2016 was the hottest year on record at 1.69 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average. 2016 is also the third consecutive year to set a new above-normal temperature record. Sixteen of the 17 hottest years have occurred in the last 17 years, and temperatures are rising 10 times faster since the end of the last ice age.
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