There have been several different reports stating that this year is the hottest year on record, and latest of these reports comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. According to this latest data the average global temperature in period between January and July was 58.1 degrees, 1.22 degrees over the average from the 20th century, and the hottest in 130 years long recorded history.
This is mostly due to the global warming phenomenon but EL Nino was also responsible for pushing temperatures to record levels. This latest data also shows that March, April, May and June were all hotter than they've ever been in recorded history while July was second hottest on record, just behind July 1998.
Even if winter turns out to be very cold this year still looks to be on track as the hottest in recorded history.
By looking at the warmest spots NOAA stated Finland recorded an all-time high temperature of 99 degrees on July 29, and China recorded its hottest July since 1961. Situation in Russia is well known across the globe and Russia has experienced a serious heat wave, with a record of 102 degrees in Moscow and huge wildfires burning across the country.
And yet despite these record temperatures world leaders are becoming more and more ignorant towards solving climate change issue, and new climate deal looks to be very far away.
Adequate climate change legislation is so desperately needed but after climate change talks in Copenhagen ended very miserably it is very hard to expect miracles. Especially in near future.