Last year was the hottest ever recorded on Earth in 137 years, an global report released Thursday from the American Meteorological Society shows.
The report itself clashes with claims coming from the Trump Administration, with some government officials arguing that climate change is little more than an urban myth. President Trump himself has likened climate change to a hoax coming from a...
For example, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere averaged 402.9 parts per million, which scientists believe to be the highest in about 800,000 years.
Scientists are now trying to characterize the relationship between yearly record high temperatures and human-caused global warming.
Experts previously said 2016 had broken the record for the hottest year ever but the new report is significant since this is the first comprehensive climate report released under Donald Trump.
Before that, it was 2014.
A total of 468 scientists from 64 countries who worked on the report concluded: "Major indicators of climate change continued to reflect trends consistent with a warming planet". The report is congressionally mandated every four years.
Northeastern Brazil marked its fifth consecutive year of drought, the longest dry spell on record in this region.
The global average sea level was also the highest on record, 3.25 inches above 1993, when satellite records began, the report found.
Sea surface temperatures were also the highest on record and have increased by 1.62 degrees between 2000 and 2016.
Global sea level has risen for six straight years, with the highest rates of increase seen in the western Pacific and Indian Oceans. There are both natural and human events that make temperature changes cluster together, such as climate patterns like El Niño, the solar cycle and volcanic eruptions, according to Mann. The report comes from scientists representing 13 federal agencies.
But as humanity continues to rely on fossil fuels for energy, unprecedented levels of greenhouse gases are polluting the atmosphere, acting like a blanket to capture heat around the Earth, the report emphasised.
Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, said: "We're now entering the peak of the season, when the bulk of the storms usually form". The National Academy of Sciences has approved the study, and authors are now waiting on the Trump administration to give the approval for its release.