Vocabulary: rainfall (n), to suffer from (v), drought (n), greenhouse gases (n), vocal (adj), anomaly (n).

Last year was the warmest year since records began.


The temperature was especially higher in the ocean, Europe and Australia. However some parts of the USA were colder than previous years.

All in all, the planet in 2014 was the hottest that it has been since people started recording global temperatures in the late 19th century.

There were also many extreme weather events in 2014. For example, Guelmim, a town in the south of Morocco, received a year’s rainfall in just four days and Japan had the most rainfall it has ever had.

On the other hand, certain parts of the USA, China and Central-South America did not get any rain and suffered from droughts.

Bob Ward, from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics says that this is evidence that the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is causing the climate to change.

The BBC reports that a “small but vocal” number of people deny this and that these results are anomalies.

There is a UN Climate Summit in Paris at the end of the year. Many people believe that these statistics prove the existence of Climate Change and might influence heads of state into reducing emissions.

Taken from: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30852588