Climate Chart of the Year? Record Heat, of Course

2015 will go down as the hottest year on record.

Photo Credit: FloridaStock/Shutterstock

The world is getting hotter. And hotter, and hotter. As 2015 comes to a close, it will be the hottest year on record, besting the former record holder of 2014 (also known as last year).

Nine of the 10 hottest years on record have come since 2005. So let us repeat: The world is getting hotter.

You know it. I know it. But maybe your Uncle Peter doesn't. Show him this chart to set him straight.

Happy New Year.

[Click here for an interactive version of the graphic above.]


Brian Kahn is a Senior Science Writer at Climate Central. He previously worked at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and partnered with climate.gov to produce multimedia stories, manage social media campaigns and develop version 2.0 of climate.gov. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Grist, the Daily Kos, Justmeans and the Yale Forum on Climate Change in the Media.

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