NASA and NOAA researchers just released their climate numbers for 2014 and confirmed what Japanese scientists already announced: 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded. The scorching temps in 2014 beat previous high temperature records by 0.07F (0.04C), and last year also marked the 38th consecutive year of above-average global temps.

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With temperatures continuing to climb over the years, it’s become crucial to work to combat global warming in any way we can. The 2014 temperatures broke previous records set in 2005 and 2010. This makes 2014 the hottest year since systematic records began in 1880. Agency researchers affirmed that the biggest driver of the record-breaking heat is the oceans, which is a grave concern and evidence of the problem of melting glaciers and polar ice caps.

Evidence of the steadily increasing temperatures is everywhere. NASA recently released a series of images to illustrate the impact of climate change around the globe, and they provide terrifying visuals that correspond with the new temperature data.

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News of record-setting high temperatures comes on the heels of a warning about the impacts of human action on Earth. A group of international researchers cautions that the planet may not be able to sustain life for as long as we’d hoped if people continue to degrade the environment at such an alarming rate.

Via The Guardian

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