Scientists caught off-guard by record temperatures linked to climate change

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    Record temperatures in the first half of 2016 have taken scientists by surprise despite widespread recognition that extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense.
    The earth is on track for its hottest year on record with June marking the 14th straight month of record heat, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said last week.
    Temperatures recorded mainly in the northern hemisphere in the first six months of the year, coupled with an early and fast Arctic sea ice melt and "new highs" in heat-trapping carbon dioxide levels, point to quickening climate change, it said.
    In a further announcement on Tuesday, the U.N. agency said it would examine whether a temperature of 54 degrees Celsius (129 degrees Fahrenheit) reported in Kuwait last Thursday was a new high for the eastern hemisphere and Asia.
    Scientists claim they didn't anticipate these temperature jumps. They predicted moderate warmth for 2016, but nothing like the temperature rises we've seen, that could endanger people, animals and water systems.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-weather-climatechange-science-idUSKCN1061RH
     

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