With an average temperature that was 2.18 Fahrenheit (1.21 Celsius) above the 20th century average, the month marked ‘the highest departure from average among all 1,646 months in the record’
MIAMI, USA (Mar. 18, 2016) — Temperatures across the planet soared again last month, setting a new heat record with the warmest February since modern records began, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Thursday, March 17.
Researchers warn that more areas of the world will swelter more often in potentially lethal heatwaves unless greenhouse gas emissions are drastically curtailed
March 4, 2016 — Heatwaves that used to arrive once every 20 years or so could become annual events by 2075 across almost two-thirds of the planet’s land surface – if humans go on burning ever more fossil fuels and releasing ever more greenhouse gases.
The average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.87ºF (1.04ºC) above the 20th century average for January
WASHINGTON DC, USA (Feb. 18, 2016) — Last month was the hottest January in modern times, US data showed Wednesday, February 17, the latest in a string of heat records fueling concerns over the pace of climate change.
One of the last expanses of temperate wilderness in the world, the Tasmanian Wilderness is part of the World Heritage list because of its significant natural and cultural values
SYDNEY, Australia (Jan. 30, 2016) — World Heritage-listed forests whose origins pre-date the age of the dinosaurs are being destroyed by raging Australian bushfires, with conservationists increasingly fearful they could be lost forever.
Not only was 2015 the warmest worldwide since 1880, it shattered the previous record held in 2014 by the widest margin ever observed
MIAMI, USA (Jan. 21, 2016) — Blistering heat blanketed the Earth last year like never before, making 2015 by far the hottest year in modern times and raising new concerns about the accelerating pace of climate change.
Wheat and other cereal crops in developed countries such as Australia have been decimated. Image: CSIRO via Wikimedia Commons
Increasing intensity of heat and drought as a result of global warming may have caused worldwide cereal harvests to be cut by up to a tenth since the mid-1960s
January 13, 2016 — Climate change may have already begun to take its toll of agriculture. New research suggests that drought and extreme heat in the last 50 years have reduced cereal production by up to 10%. And, for once, developed nations may have sustained greater losses than developing nations.