In this Feb. 13, 2015 file photo, stacks and burn-off from the ExxonMobil refinery are seen at dusk in St. Bernard Parish, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
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Last year was the second or third warmest on record behind 2016, and the hottest without an extra dose of heat caused by an El Ni?o event in the Pacific Ocean, the United Nations said Thursday.Last year was indistinguishable, so far, from 2015 as the second or third warmest behind 2016, making 2017 "the warmest year without an El Ni?o", the U.N's World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said.Temperatures in both 2016 and 2015 were lifted by an El Ni?o, a natural event which can disrupt weather patterns worldwide every few years and releases heat from the Pacific Ocean into the atmosphere. Seventeen of the warmest 18 years since records began in the 19th century have now happened since 2000, confirming that ever more greenhouse gases are driving up temperatures, the WMO said.
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