Last Year Was the Hottest Since Temperature Record Keeping Began

TIME

The average temperature around the world was higher last year than any year since modern record keeping began, climate experts said on July 16.

The findings, published in a new report in the journal Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, show climate trends across the globe in 2014. Researchers from all six inhabited continents found a worldwide sea level rise and record high concentrations of major greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide.

“Many of these things aren’t isolated,” said Thomas Karl, an official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on a conference call for journalists. “It’s a whole global climate system and though we do decompose and focus on individual variables, these things are inextricably linked to each other.”

Almost every region in the world saw an increase in temperature, with the eastern part of North America standing out as the major exception. Twenty countries, including Mexico…

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