2015 was the planet's hottest year by the widest margin in 136 years of record keeping, US government scientists have said with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) saying 2015's average temperature was 58.62F (14.79C), 1.62F above the 20th century average and 0.29F above 2014.
Scientists put the blame on blame man-made global warming and El Nino as the report marks the fourth time in 11 years that a global temperature record was set.
World powers agreed at the Paris climate talks in December to a goal of capping temperature rises at 2C above pre-industrial levels but many scientists say the planet is already about halfway to that milestone, with no sign of slowing down with ice sheets melting and rising seas as a result.
It is no good tinkering with the edges as everything else will be insignificant if Mother Nature unleashes her wrath so we need to act now and ignore the idiots like Donald Trump who refuse to see the evidence before their own eyes.
The problem won't go away and it is going to get a whole lot worse unless our Governments act now.