There’s been a new record in the planet’s temperatures, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Friday. The world experienced its hottest month of March since record-keeping began in 1880. The period of January to March was also the warmest on record, said the monthly report. For March, the average global temperature was 1.53 degrees above the 20th-century average.
This was the highest for March in the 1880-2015 record, surpassing the previous record of 2010 by 0.09 F.
The latest data, which takes into account global averages across land and sea surfaces, follows announcements from 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.