May 15, 2016

2016 hottest year yet as April smashes record

by
Angela Dewan
,
CNN
Dramatic coral bleaching, seen in Australia's Great Barrier Reef from March 2016. Photo: CNN
Dramatic coral bleaching, seen in Australia's Great Barrier Reef from March 2016. Photo: CNN

New data released by NASA put this April's land and sea temperatures at 1.11 degrees Celsius warmer than average April temperatures between 1951 to 1980, which NASA uses as a reference point to study recent climate change.

It was the seventh month in a row to rise by at least 1 degree Celsius above the 1951-80 reference averages