2017 was the warmest year on record without an El Niño

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  • Earth’s temperature in 2017 ranked among the warmest years on record without an El Niño since global records began
  • This continues a trend of long-term warming temperatures

Global warming continued in 2017 but the last three years have been the hottest ever since the start of the global records, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said Thursday.

However, 2017 is “the hottest year without an El Niño phenomenon,” the agency said.

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) also said that 2017 was the second-hottest year in their database, which extends back to 1880. The past year ranked second to 2016 and knocked 2015 into third place in NASA’s rankings.

Since 2001, the planet has recorded 17 of its 18 warmest years since record-keeping began, NASA added.

Among the major climatic events of 2017 are several hurricanes that hit the Caribbean and the United States, while the Arctic sea ice experienced its lowest level at the end of the year in the middle of winter and the coral reefs tropical have suffered from high water temperatures.