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NASA: Earth Warming at a Pace ‘Unprecedented in 1,000 Years’

Earth is warming at a pace that is unprecedented for the past 1,000 years, NASA scientists report. It is, experts say, “very unlikely” that the planet can stay within a 1.5 degree Celsius temperature-increase limit “agreed by nations just last year,” wrote The Guardian. 2016 has seen record temperatures the world over and the pace and nature of the warming over decades is perilously out of step with any other time period over the past millennium, officials say. “In the last 30 years, we’ve really moved into exceptional territory,” said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. “It’s unprecedented in 1,000 years. There’s no period that has the trend seen in the 20th century in terms of the inclination [of temperatures].”