Jason Samenow

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Hurricane Patricia approaches the coastline of Mexico from the eastern Pacific Ocean in October. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/European Pressphoto Agency)

For those still unconvinced about the reality of climate change, the year that just ended should erase any doubt. Climate data from the air, land and water all reveal an indisputable portrait of a warming world.

On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA jointly announced that 2015 was the warmest year on record for the planet. The previous record, set just 12 months ago in 2014, wasn’t merely broken, it was smashed.

There’s a saying that numbers numb and stories sell, but the latest climate numbers tell a story that is stunning.

Including 2015, 15 of the 16 warmest years in NOAA’s 136-year climate record have occurred since 2000.…  Seguir leyendo »