Warming of globe in 2015 shattered all previous records

This past year was by far the warmest in records that stretch back more than a century, two U.S. federal agencies announced this morning.

Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, began the briefing by saying, “2015 was by far the warmest year in the records we have put together.”

“We’re really looking at a long-term trend,” he said. “This is just a symptom of that long-term trend.” The cause: “increasing burning of fossil fuels and the car

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