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2017 second hottest year ever

January 5, 2018

Last year was the second hottest worldwide on record, just behind a sweltering 2016.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service said that temperatures averaged 14.7 degrees Celsius (58.46 Fahrenheit) at the Earth’s surface – 1.2C (2.2F) above pre-industrial times.

Last year was slightly “cooler than the warmest year on record, 2016, and warmer than the previous second warmest year, 2015”, it said. Temperature records date back to the late 19th century.

“It’s striking that 16 of the 17 warmest years have all been this century,” Jean-Noel Thepaut, head of Copernicus Weather said. Then adding that there was overwhelming scientific consensus that man-made emissions were stoking the warming trend.

In 2016, an extra dose of heat came from El Nino, a natural event that releases heat from the Pacific Ocean every few years.

But last year was the hottest year without an El Nino, according to Copernicus, run by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts.

It pointed to a retreat of sea ice in the Arctic and prolonged dry conditions in southern Europe that helped trigger wildfires in Portugal and Spain in 2017 as examples of the sort of disruptions that are becoming more frequent in a warming climate.

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