A fireman tackles one of the wildfires that swept through parts of California in October.
This year is poised to go down as the hottest non-El Niño year ever recorded, with record low polar ice and extreme weather that left many regions battling bushfires and hurricanes.
Extreme temperatures in Cordoba, Spain in June 2017.
In an unchanging climate, we would expect record-breaking temperatures to get rarer as the observation record grows longer. But in the real world the opposite is true - because we are driving up temperatures.
Wildfires in Tasmania in 2016 were in part the result of an extended dry period beginning in 2015.
October 2015 was the hottest on record for that month, and Tasmania had its driest ever spring.
Flooding on the Niemur River near Moulamein, Australia, October 22, 2016.
The final weeks of 2016 would need to be the coldest of the 21st century to avoid it becoming the hottest year.
Australia’s 2013 ‘angry’ summer was characterised by heatwaves and major bushfires. Such a summer will be normal by 2035.
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Global temperatures like 2015 will by normal by 2030, and Australia's record-breaking 2013 summer will likely be an average summer by 2035.
Melting ice sheets – such as this one in Greenland – are one way the Earth amplifies global warming.
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New projections suggest the world could warm 3-7 degrees over coming centuries.
Atmospheric, marine, environmental, biological and medical scientists join in calling for more focus on the damage being wrought by climate change.
Victoria was one of several states to suffer bushfires as temperatures soared in late 2015.
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2015 was the world's hottest year on record. The US State of the Climate report has rounded up the litany of temperature and other records that were broken all over the globe.
Re-analysed data shows that Australia has indeed been hotter over the past 30 years than any time in the preceding millennium.
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Australasia's warming in recent decades is unprecedented in the past millennium. But a mistake in the paper reporting this finding took four years to fix, and was viciously attacked by bloggers.
Summer stayed into autumn in many parts of Australia.
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Autumn 2016 was Australia's hottest, beating the previous record set in 2005.
The records keep on falling.
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Another month, another broken temperature record. Scientists are already confident 2016 will be the hottest year ever, a record only set in 2015.
Spencer Gulf at sunset in South Australia.
Australian Bureau of Meteorology
The summer of 2015-2016 was the hottest on record for Australia's oceans.
Fires in Western Australia in January 2015.
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February 2016 was the hottest month by the biggest margin ever. Does that mean global warming has gone into hyperdrive?
Climate change has been implicated in record-breaking temperatures across the 20th century.
Record-breaking years have been almost impossible without human-caused climate change.
Nice day for the beach. In fact there have been rather a lot of those in Sydney lately.
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Sydney is in the process of smashing the record for the longest run of days above 26℃. Weather, El Nino and climate change are all playing their part.
It’s all a matter of perspective.
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Former PM's business advisor Maurice Newman recently claimed that satellite temperature data tell a different story to data collected on the ground. He's right - but that's how it's meant to be.
Record global temperatures, driven by El Nino, contributed to devastating fires in Australia.
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2015 was the world's hottest year ever by a long shot. But what drove the record temperatures, and what role did climate change play?
2015 looks set to be the hottest year on record.
2015 will likely be the hottest year on record, according to a preliminary analysis released by the World Meteorological Organization.
Early heat in Victoria helped fan bushfires in October.
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This has been Australia's hottest October on record. And the record-breaking temperatures are at least six times more likely thanks to human-induced global warming.
Last year’s temperatures in England were the hottest in a continuous record dating back to 1659.
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An analysis of the world's longest-running temperature record suggests that England is many times more likely to experience more record-breaking hot years like 2014 than it was a century ago.