People enjoy the weather near the Louvre Museum in Paris during a hot and sunny day. (AP Photo/Thomas Padilla)
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The Earth set a series of dire records in 2016, including hottest year in modern times, highest sea level and most heat-trapping gases ever emitted, a global climate report said Thursday.Atmospheric CO2 concentration reached 402.9 parts per million, surpassing 400 ppm for the first time in the modern record and in ice core records dating back as far as 800,000 years.The entire 280-page report is available online.The report confirmed prior announcements that 2016 was the hottest year since contemporary records began, marking the third year in a row that global records were broken planet-wide. Both land and sea surface temperatures set new highs. Land temperatures warmed too – average Arctic land surface temperature was 2.0 Celsius above the 1981-2010 average.At least 12 percent of land surfaces experienced severe drought conditions or worse each month of the year.
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