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An El Nino in the Pacific Ocean and rising temperatures caused by climate change have put the world on an almost irreversible path to its warmest year on records dating back to 1880.

Global temperatures from January to August were 0.8 degrees Celsius(1.5 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 20th-century average and the warmest first 8 months of any year in the books, the National Centers for Environmental Information said in a monthly climate report.

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