Reports Show 2012 Was Hottest Year Ever in U.S.

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A hydraulic excavator dumps trash, aggregated into a central location... News PhotoEarth Mover,Emergencies and Disasters,Extreme Weather,Garbage,Garbage Dump,Horizontal,Hurricane Sandy,Natural Disaster,New Jersey,Ruined,USA,WeatherPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Getty ImagesHIGHLANDS, NJ - NOVEMBER 01: A hydraulic excavator dumps trash, aggregated into a central location after Superstorm Sandy destroyed numerous homes on November 1, 2012 in Highlands, New Jersey. Superstorm Sandy, which has left millions without power or water, continues to affect business and daily life throughout much of the eastern seaboard. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)