Why 2016 Was the Hottest Year Ever (No, It’s Not Climate Change)

It’s getting hot in here! And we blame #notebandi, Trump and Samsung for it. 

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What’s causing this rise in temperature? (Photo: Liju Joseph/ <b>The Quint</b>)

Feeling hot, hot, hot!

It’s official: 2016 was the hottest year ever. It took scientists to dig into their 137 years of climate records to prove that humans are responsible for the change in temperature. Sorry President-elect Donald Trump, but this is no hoax, global warming is a thing!

But did we really need scientist to do all the hard work to tell us something which, let’s be honest, we already knew? Satellites tell us 2016 was the hottest year on record – and we are here to tell the scientists that they are right, but it’s got nothing to do with climate change.

Demonetisation Heatwave

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By saying the year 2016 was hot is an understatement – it was scorching for Indians in the month of November. Indians felt the heat when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation of old currency. The country saw one of its most widespread demonetisation-triggered heatwave in recent history. The phenomenon affected the middle-class, bankers and retired persons the most. So strong was the heatwave that it left thousand sweating in lines outside ATMs.

Garam Hawa!

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2016 didn’t burn through just records, but also Pakistan’s ego. India launched a series of scorching-hot attacks at her neighbour, starting with the surgical strikes to sending its actors back home. (Psst! Fawad Khan was raising the temperature in India. He was clearly too hot for us to handle.)

Trump Heats up Things in the US

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Temperatures also soared when Americans experienced a rude awakening on November 8. The US found it had elected a man named Donald, soon to be the most powerful man in the world, as its next President. A surprise for the world (except Mexico) and a crazy (embarrassing) sweaty moment for Americans.

Fire Up!

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Samsung burnt its own reputation by introducing the Galaxy Note 7. The product became too hot to handle for the company itself. You guys just blew it up!

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