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As Trump Heads to Washington, Global Warming Nears Tipping Point

  • Temperatures in 2016 are 1.2 degrees above pre-industrial era
  • This year is on pace to be the hottest ever recorded
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Trump's Mysterious Feelings on Global Warming

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Global temperatures continue to shatter records this year, rising to within less than one degree of the level that scientists say would be catastrophic, according to the United Nations.

During the first nine months of the year, temperatures were 1.2 degrees Celsius (2.16 degrees Fahrenheit) above those recorded at the end of the 1800s, the UN’s World Meteorological Organization said in a report Monday. If the Earth warms more than 2 degrees beyond those pre-industrial levels, scientists have warned that climate change could hit an irreversible tipping point, unleashing a torrent of floods, droughts and storms.