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U.N. reaffirms that 2014 was the hottest year on record, part of continuing trend

The U.N. agrees with NASA and the NOAA that 2014 was the hottest year.

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Thor Benson
Shatter of iceberg. Photo by longtaildog/Shutterstock.
Shatter of iceberg. Photo by longtaildog/Shutterstock.

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A new report from the U.N's weather agency, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), confirms that 2014 was the hottest year on record.

A previous report from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made the same statement.

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The report says the world's average temperature was just over 1 degree Fahrenheit above the longterm average from 1961 to 1990, and the temperature is continuing to rise.

"The overall warming trend is more important than the ranking of an individual year," said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. "Analysis of the datasets indicates that 2014 was nominally the warmest on record, although there is very little difference between the three hottest years."

He said fourteen of the fifteen hottest years on record have occurred since the year 2000. "We expect global warming to continue, given that rising levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and the increasing heat content of the oceans are committing us to a warmer future," he said.

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