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The Past 2015 was the Worst Year Climate-Wise

History will remember 2015 as the worst year from a climate standpoint. Several records were registered that are in no way positive.

2015 was the hottest on record, indicates data from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

July 2015 was announced to be the hottest month of the year, with average global temperatures hitting 60.8°F (16.59 °C). This beat July's previous record in 1998.

2015 will also be remembered for the shrinking Arctic ice sheets. Their maximum area was slightly more than 5.6 million sq mi (14.5 million sq km) - the lowest ever recorded since NASA satellites began keeping tabs on the polar ice caps in 1979. Interestingly, however, despite the warming, the ice sheets are expanding in some regions.

Rain

The trend of warming and continued severe drought was also maintained in 2015. Record drought was registered in California for the 4th year in a row. According to scientists it will continue this year as well and will be the worst in 700 years.

The record volume of rainfall in other areas was also a common occurrence in 2015. According to data by the UK's Met Office the world has been 1 degree warmer at the end of each year ever since the onset of modern industry.

Pollution

Climate change is a fact and it's high time measures were taken to deal with it. This was indeed the mission of the UN Climate Change Conference which was held in Paris at the end of 2015.

Countries signed agreements for collaborate efforts to slow and stop the global warming that's destroying the planet.

But some scientists believe it's too late. The processes are already underway and cannot be stopped.

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