Hottest January Ever Recorded Was Last Month: Grave Fears Sparked For Scientists

Sally Elliott - Author
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Feb. 17 2016, Updated 4:34 a.m. ET

New research published by NASA has confirmed that January, 2016, was the hottest January ever recorded, with temperatures having soared well above any of those since recording began in 1880. The hottest January ever was directly after the hottest year ever recorded, with 2015 having smashed 2014’s global average temperature by.23 degrees Fahrenheit — an unprecedented and alarming climb in temperature in just one year.

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The findings emerge amid a series of other studies which have identified similar trends outside of this January — the past three months, in fact, was the hottest three-month period ever — and verified links between human activity and climate change. Scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have pointed out that, while the hottest January and preceding hottest 12 months ever were aided by the heat-intensifying effects of El Niño, the extremity of global warming has now surpassed the capabilities of natural weather phenomena.

“2015 was remarkable even in the context of the ongoing El Niño,” states GISS Director Gavin Schmidt in the January news release. “Last year’s temperatures had an assist from El Niño, but it is the cumulative effect of the long-term trend that has resulted in the record warming that we are seeing.”

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Indeed, 15 of the 16 hottest years ever recorded have occurred since 2001, according to NASA.

With records the hottest January, the hottest years and greatest rise in temperature over one year stacking up in the very recent past, denial of the human impact on global temperatures has been rendered, conclusively, null and void.

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“The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (1.0 degree Celsius) since the late-19th century, a change largely driven by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere,” NASA states in its announcement, released in January.

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