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All the global temperature records broken in 2019, so far

Data: NASA GISS; Graphic: Harry Stevens/Axios

The world's top 5 warmest years on record have occurred since 2014 — and it's almost certain that 2019 will be added to this list as well.

Why it matters: Such trends are indicative of long-term global warming due to human activities such as burning fossil fuels for energy and transportation, cutting down forests for agriculture and other purposes. Only 1 of the top 20 warmest years on record since instrument data began in 1880 took place before the year 2000. With greenhouse gas concentrations in the air at their highest level in 3 million years, the odds favor more record-shattering years in the future.

In photos: Deadly Typhoon Lekima sees 1M people evacuate in China

Rescuers evacuate an injured woman as Typhoon Lekima brings heavy rain and strong wind at Dajing Town on August 10
Rescuers evacuate an injured woman as Typhoon Lekima brings heavy rain and strong wind at Dajing Town in Leqing, Zhejiang Province, China, Saturday. Photo: Zhejiang Daily/VCG via Getty Images

A major typhoon in eastern China has triggered a landslide and killed at least 30 people with 18 others missing, Reuters reported Sunday, citing state media.

The big picture: Typhoon Lekima made landfall in Wenling, between Taiwan and China's financial capital Shanghai, early Saturday, per the BBC, which reports authorities saying torrential rains have forced more than 1 million people to evacuate. Here's the impact of the storm, in photos.