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A global report found that 2016 was the hottest year on record

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An international climate report released Thursday discovered that 2016 was Earth’s hottest year on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NOAA's “State of the Climate” analysis found last year is the third in a row to break global temperature records, and it also documented several observed outcomes of quickly rising temperatures.

The publication’s roughly 500 authors noticed the highest sea levels ever recorded, extremes in rain cycles and declines in worldwide ice and snow cover.

Some Twitter users on Thursday said the report offers the latest evidence that climate change is a real challenge facing humanity.

Other people on the social media platform criticized President Trump, who has expressed skepticism about the threat of climate change, over the publication’s findings.

NOAA’s report said last year’s heat record results from “the combined influence of long-term global warming and a strong El Niño early in the year.”

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“Several markers such as a land and sea temperatures, sea level and greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere broke records set just one year prior."

The report found that greenhouse gas concentrations are higher than ever recorded, and that the annual increase between 2015 and 2016 is the largest of its kind in 58 years.

The greenhouse gas concentrations in that window reportedly reached heights not witnessed in the last 800,000 years of ice core measurements.

Trump has called climate change a “hoax,” and several of his Cabinet members are also noted skeptics of the phenomenon.

Scott Pruitt, who is Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, has pledged a review of the science supporting climate change as soon as this fall.

“The American people deserve an honest, open, transparent discussion about this supposed threat to this country,” he said on a North Dakota radio show Wednesday.

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