2016 Breaks Record for Hottest Year, and for Breaking Consecutive Hottest-Year Record

2016 was the hottest year on Earth on record. It was a record-breaking third year in a row that Earth broke this record, making 2016 the Michael Jordan of climate-change years. Look him up, it’s a good line. Whatever.

According to both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Earth’s surface temperature rose at least 1.69⁰ last year, putting Earth on track toward rising sea levels and falling supplies of fresh water.

The two agencies said 2017 will reverse the trend, thanks to administrative changes that will lead to totally different data next year.