2016 is in the books on the hottest year on record - since this data was recorded. 2016 stole the crown from the previous hottest year on record, 2015, which, in turn, displaced 2014 which had itself been the hottest year on record.
We seem to be getting a lot of this record breaking business and it can be hard to keep it in perspective. Well, relax, Dana Nuccitelli has it all laid out in a dandy (and brief) video. Check it out:
World War II was a real bugger but it was a world war after all. Lots of fossil fuels, lots of fires, lots of mayhem. Then followed a 35-year hiatus until we entered a record-breaking churn in 1980 that continues today.