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NASA: Last month was Earth’s hottest in recorded history

Posted: 4:57 PM, Aug 15, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-15 16:57:06-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA calculates that Earth just broiled to its hottest month in recorded history.

Even after the fading of a strong El Nino, which spikes global temperatures on top of man-made climate change, July burst global temperature records.

NASA calculates that July 2016 was 1.51 degrees Fahrenheit (0.84 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1950-1980 global average. NASA chief climate scientist Gavin Schmidt said that’s about .18 degrees hotter than the previous top temperatures, in July 2011 and July 2015.

Scientists blame mostly man-made climate change from the burning of fossil fuel, with an extra jump from the now-gone El Nino, which is a natural temporary warming of parts of the Pacific Ocean that changes weather worldwide.