The World Meteorological Society published their annual report for 2016 which unequivocally states that 2016 was the hottest ever recorded and this has continued into 2017.
According to WMO climate change is being driven by emissions form human activities but unfortunately the natural climate cycle – El Nino – contributed to pushing the world into “truly uncharted territory”.
According to the Guardian: Global sea level rise surged between November 2014 and February 2016, with the El Niño event helping the oceans rise by 15mm. That jump would have taken five years under the steady rise seen in recent decades, as ice caps melt and oceans get warmer and expand in volume. Final data for 2016 sea level rise have yet to be published.