We’ve been hearing about it for months because for at least 14 months we’ve been setting global temperature records, but the official analysis of 2015 has been completed. No surprise, we set a record for global temperature. While there is noise and seasonal variability in the data, the trend is clear. Since 1910, global temperatures have been increasing; and since 1980, the trend has accelerated. 2015 was extraordinarily hot, which means a regression to the mean is possible in 2016, but it is also likely we’ve initiated a critical change in the environment and climate that will continue regardless of our best efforts.
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