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Last year was—again—the hottest on record

Global surface temperatures soared past previous records to make 2016 the hottest on record, according to two top U.S. science agencies. That makes last year the third in a row—after 2014 and 2015—to hold the dubious honor, completing a natural hat trick of sorts, The Washington Post reports. Both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recorded the highest average surface temperatures in 2016 since the agencies started tracking such data. NASA notes that since the late 1800s, average global temperatures have risen by 1.1°C. And from January to August of last year, NOAA says that each month broke its own warmest record.

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