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UN weather scientists warned 2016 is 'very likely' to be the hottest year on record

Another year. Another record. The high temperatures we saw in 2015 are set to be beaten in 2016.
Petteri Taalas, WMO secretary-general

2016 is "very likely" to end up the hottest year on record, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization announced on Monday.

This would mean 16 of the 17 hottest years ever occurred in this century. 

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While the global increase in temperatures hovered around 1.2 degrees Celsius (2.16 degrees Fahrenheit), some places, like parts of Arctic Russia, saw increases as large as 7 degrees Celsius. 

The U.N. is in the midst of hashing out the details of the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius by restricting fossil fuel use. This marks the second week of those talks.

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The remains of a staircase destroyed at a hilltop home is viewed in Big Sur, Calif., Friday, July 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)

Climate experts said the increase in temperatures had led to natural disasters, like Hurricane Matthew, flooding in China and the most damaging wildfire in California history.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said he would cancel the Paris deal if elected.

U.N. reports argue climate change disproportionately affects the poor.

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