Last Year Was Hottest On Record
Climate analysts from NASA and another US government agency have confirmed that 2014 was the hottest year on record since records began in 1880.
The Space Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducted separate studies into global temperatures.
Experts from NOAA's National Climatic Data Centre said that land and sea surface temperatures were 0.69C (1.24F) above 20th century averages, "easily breaking" the previous record years of 2005 and 2010.
Last year was also the 38th year in a row when annual global temperatures were above the long-term average.
Nine of the 10 warmest years since 1880 occurred in the 21st century.
Most of Europe experienced record temperatures, as well as northern Africa, parts of eastern and western coastal Australia, and the western United States.
Several organisations have already announced that Britain experienced record temperatures in 2014.
The Met Office said that it was the hottest year for the UK in records dating back to 1910.
"While the ranking of individual years can be affected by chaotic weather patterns, the long-term trends are attributable to drivers of climate change that right now are dominated by human emissions of greenhouse gases."
"The world's climate scientists, in one of the most carefully compiled and reviewed documents in scientific history, claim that this trend is man-made, and that we're heading for a four or five degree increase this century unless we change course.
"After the snow and cold weather we have had recently it's hard to believe that the world is getting hotter" says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire