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We've just had the hottest March since records began

The period of January to March was also the warmest on record.

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RISING TEMPERATURES ACROSS the planet have set more new records.

US government scientists have announced that the globe experienced its hottest month of March since record-keeping began in 1880.

The period of January to March was also the warmest on record, according to the monthly report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The latest data, which takes into account global averages across land and sea surfaces, follows announcements from the same US government scientists that 2014 was the hottest year in modern history.

Scientists warn that fossil fuel burning is pushing more greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, leading to increased temperatures, melting of polar ice and glaciers, and rising seas.

For March, the average global temperature was 0.85 Celsius above the 20th-century average.

“This was the highest for March in the 1880-2015 record, surpassing the previous record of 2010 by 0.05 C,” said the report.

For the first three months of the year, the average temperature worldwide was 0.82 Celsius above the 20th-century average.

Also of concern was the finding that Arctic sea ice was the lowest on record for March.

“The average Arctic sea ice extent for March was 430,000 square miles (7.2 percent) below the 1981–2010 average,” said the report.

“This was the smallest March extent since records began in 1979.”

© AFP 2015

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