It's been a scorching passed year all over the world. Just when we thought it was over here in the USA, the earth strikes back with our pals over in Australia. Anyone who doesn't believe in global warming is obviously not paying any attention to the thousands of people affected by the heat, dying in hospitals from heat stroke and other temperature-related problems.
Children play at a fountain in New York, 2012. Last year really was the hottest on record in U.S. history, according to the NOAA, beating the previous record by a full degree (F) in temperature.
A point where Colorado's High Park Fire stopped burning is seen at the intersection of two roads, west of Fort Collins.
A firefighting tanker plane drops fire retardant on homes threatened by the Taylor Creek Fire outside Cle Elum, Washington.