In this July 21, 2016, photo, the sun sets beyond visitors to Liberty Memorial as the temperature hovers around 100 degrees in Kansas City, Mo. For the third straight year, Earth set a record for the hottest year, NOAA and NASA announced. NASA says 2016 was warmer than 2015 – by a lot. It's mostly global warming with a little assist from the now-gone El Nino.
In this July 21, 2016, photo, the sun sets beyond visitors to Liberty Memorial as the temperature hovers around 100 degrees in Kansas City, Mo. For the third straight year, Earth set a record for the hottest year, NOAA and NASA announced. NASA says 2016 was warmer than 2015 – by a lot. It's mostly global warming with a little assist from the now-gone El Nino. Charlie Riedel AP file
In this July 21, 2016, photo, the sun sets beyond visitors to Liberty Memorial as the temperature hovers around 100 degrees in Kansas City, Mo. For the third straight year, Earth set a record for the hottest year, NOAA and NASA announced. NASA says 2016 was warmer than 2015 – by a lot. It's mostly global warming with a little assist from the now-gone El Nino. Charlie Riedel AP file

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