Global temperatures this year will likely beat the previous record, set in 2015, by 0.2 degrees Celsius. This will be the third year in a row that a new temperature has been reached. By the end of 2016, 16 of the 17 hottest years on record will have fallen in the 21st century (1998 is the other year).
According to NASA, “part of what makes Earth so amenable is the naturally-arising greenhouse effect, which keeps the planet at a friendly 15 °C (59 °F) on average.” This year’s climbing temperature will nudge global temperatures to 1.2 degrees Celsius (2.2 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.
The World Meteorological Organization, focuses on international cooperation and coordination on the condition and behavior of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with land and the oceans, the weather and climate it produces, and the resulting distribution of water resources. It is a specialized agency of the United Nations. The United States has been part of the WMO since its inception in 1950.