"We are so much above 2015 that 2016 is likely going to be the new record holder in terms of warmest year for the globe."

–US scientists, May 2016.

Gavin Schmidt, a climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, even put a percentage to the likelihood of 2016 being the hottest year in recorded human history; a whopping 99 percent. While the El Nino effect is obviously a contributing factor, the ever-increasing carbon footprint of humanity is quite surely the most impactful reason for the steadily increasing temperatures of the world. International lobbies for fossil fuels have spent the last 20 years denying the reality of global warming, but the numbers do not lie, and unless mankind wants to slowly clear up its own path towards extinction, the status quo must be changed.