With almost half a year to go ahead 2016 is already on track to be the hottest year ever on record. Each of the first six months, from January to June, have set new temperature records, NASA officials announced this week.
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) echoed it on Thursday, adding that levels of carbon dioxide have reached new highs, further fuelling global warming. June is already the 14th straight month of record heat for land and oceans.
It is the first time, when NASA shared a midyear climate analysis, doing so because temperature averages this year have been so in excess of previous data, agency officials said. NASA's data showed that each month in 2016 was the warmest respective month globally in the modern temperature record, which dates to 1880. This trend suggests 2016 will surpass 2015 as the hottest year on record, NASA said.
According to calculations, there is a 99 percent probability that 2016, on average, will be hotter than 2015.
Organizations have already called for speedy implementation of a pact reached last December to limit climate change by shifting from fossil fuels to green energy by 2100.
Sustained above-average temperatures, as the planet has seen so far this century, can affect the ice sheet, global sea levels, ecosystems and more.