The average global temperature last year was the warmest since measurements began, say two major US government agencies, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NASA says the average increase is over the previous record in 1995 by 0.34 of a degree Fahrenheit or 0.18 Celsius-and is further evidence that the world is heating up. The agency also notes that the change is beginning to hit home in America, where the concept of global warming has been slow to take hold. Last year was the hottest in decades in the US, adds the agency. A similar global temperature rise has been reported by the UN World Meteorological Organisation.
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