Summary of the Article: On Wednesday January 18th, 2017, an official report declared that in 2016, the Earth had reached its highest annual temperature ever recorded. This was the third year in a row that temperatures have drastically surpassed the previous years record. As the world continues to warm, temperatures keep climbing closer to levels that will leave permanent damage on the natural world and the human population. Scientists are saying that the primary cause of increasing global temperatures is the levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are emitted around the world. People in all different parts of the world are being afflicted by this drastic change in temperature; those in Africa have been experiencing extreme drought, people in the Arctic are battling coastal erosion, and the residents of Phalodi, India, experienced the hottest day ever recorded in Indian history. NASA has calculated that the planet has warmed over a half-degree Fahrenheit from 2013-2016. This is the largest temperature increase over a three year period in NASA's records. Although it can be widely concluded that global temperatures have increased drastically over the past few years, there are some differing opinions amongst research organizations about the specifics of this specific global warming.