Watch the world's dramatic change in temperature since 1880 (VIDEO)


2015 was the hottest year on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Temperatures across the planet soared last year to new heights, marking a 0.90°C increase over the average land and ocean surface temperatures. The warming is an ongoing issue that has dramatically sped up in recent years, with 15 of the 16 hottest years on record occurring since 2001.

Though the science is foreboding, the data has given rise to an intensely powerful video demonstrating just how much hotter the planet has become in recent years. Created by the NASA Science Visualization Studio, the below animation shows a colour-coded progression of changing global surface temperature anomalies from 1880 to 2015 – and it’s totally concerning.

Higher than normal temperatures are displayed in red and yellow and lower than normal temperatures are displayed in varying shades of blue. Each frame is a five-year average temperature.

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