What Are The Hottest Years on Record?

Much like with any science, experts don’t have all the answers to every question when it comes to climate science. While there are plenty of unknowns, there is a mountain of information we do know.

13 of the 14 hottest years have happened in the 21st Century.

The other was in 1998, according to a report by the World Meteorological Organization published this year. The report notes the six lowest Arctic “sea-ice extents” have occurred in the last 7 years.

Michel Jarraud, the WMO’s secretary-general emphasized the meaning of the data they collected for 2013:

“Many of the extreme events of 2013 were consistent with what we would expect as a result of human-induced climate change. We saw heavier precipitation, more intense heat, and more damage from storm surges and coastal flooding as a result of sea level rise – as typhoon Haiyan so tragically demonstrated in the Philippines.”