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2017 beat the odds to be the second hottest year on record

Second place is scarier than it sounds.

A map from NASA illustrates average global temperature records increasing over time.

A map created by NASA shows how global average temperatures have increased over time. The map above shows data from 2013-2017.

It was so hot in 2017 that a computer program an entire year’s worth that Arctic ice might not reliably freeze every year anymore, and the region’s tundras are increasingly green as permafrost thaws.

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