The following is an excerpt from BBC.com | August 10, 2017 |
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.
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 scientists from more than 60 countries.
It says that 2016 surpassed 2015 as the warmest year in 137 years of record keeping.
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