Scientists on Friday (Jan 27th) have announced a grave milestone for planet Earth. For the third straight year in a row, Earth has reached it's highest temperatures with 2016 blowing past 2015 and 2014 and setting a new record. While one or two warm years may just be curious, this consistent pattern of rising temperatures has alerted scientists of a trend of global warming, which they have accounted to be the product of increasing amounts of Carbon Dioxide and other greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. While temperatures on the planet were intensified by el Niño in 2015-16, scientists have been shocked by the scale of the heat burst and it's effects. Although 2017 would be expected to be a cooler year, the scale of the abnormally high rising temperatures makes it concerning. The main portion of the earth that rising temperatures are affecting immediately and visually is the arctic.