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New study: global warming keeps on keeping on

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A camel caravan walking up a steady slope in a Libyan desert. Photograph: Alamy

A new paper finds no statistical evidence that global warming slowed down in recent years or that it’s sped up just yet

April 27, 2017 — As humans continue to dump heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the Earth continues to warm. In fact, it has been warming for decades and we now routinely Continue reading New study: global warming keeps on keeping on

World’s major climate agencies confirm 2016 as hottest year on record

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Delicate arch trail, US

Last year was the warmest year in recorded history, scientists confirmed today. With global temperatures topping 1°C above preindustrial times, the world has now experienced three consecutive record-warm years for the first time since records began

January 19, 2017 — The long-term warming trend from greenhouse gas emissions received an extra boost from the tail-end of a strong El Niño but 2016 would have been a record even without it, say scientists. Continue reading World’s major climate agencies confirm 2016 as hottest year on record

August ties with July as hottest month on record

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How temperatures across the globe compared to normal during August 2016. Photograph: NASA

August continued the remarkable streak of record hot months in 2016, equalling July as the hottest month on record

September 13, 2016 — In what has become a common refrain this year, last month ranked as the hottest August on record, according to NASA data released Monday. Not only that, but the month tied July as the hottest month the world has seen in the last 136 years.  Continue reading August ties with July as hottest month on record

Study reveals greater climate impacts of 2C temperature rise

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Local villagers on the dried river bed in Satkhira, Bangladesh, one of the most vulnerable continental countries to climate change. Photograph: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury / Barcro

Analysis of difference between 1.5°C and 2°C of warming finds extra 0.5°C would mean longer heatwaves, greater droughts and threats to crops and coral reefs

April 22, 2016 — A difference of half a degree centigrade may be barely noticeable day to day, but the difference between 1.5°C and 2°C of global warming is a shift into a new, more dangerous climate regime, according to the first comprehensive analysis of the issue.

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Last month was hottest March in modern times

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Temperature and drought image by Shutterstock

The average temperature planet-wide was 2.20 degrees Fahrenheit (1.22 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average of 54.9 F (12.7 C), the report says 

MIAMI, USA (Apr. 20, 2016) — Last month marked the hottest March in modern history and the 11th consecutive month in which a monthly global temperature record was broken, US officials said Tuesday, April 19.

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Global temps soar in February, setting new heat record

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CRACKED EARTH. In this photo taken on February 11, 2015, the sun scorches an already cracked earth on a farm in the Australian agricultural town of Walgett, 650 kilometers (404 miles) northwest of Sydney. File Photo by Peter Parks/AFP
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.

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February breaks global temperature records by ‘shocking’ amount

Warnings of climate emergency after surface temperatures 1.35°C warmer than average temperature for the month

March 15, 2016 — February smashed a century of global temperature records by “stunning” margin, according to data released by NASA.

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Earth is warming 50x faster than when it comes out of an ice age

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A parking lot full of yellow cabs is flooded as a result of Superstorm Sandy in Hoboken, NJ. So far we’re already committed to about 1.7 meters (5.5 feet) of eventual sea level rise. Photograph: Charles Sykes/AP
A major new study includes some scary implications about how rapidly humans are changing the Earth’s climate

March 11, 2016 — Recently, The Guardian reported on a significant new study published in Nature Climate Change, finding that even if we meet our carbon reduction targets and stay below the 2°C global Continue reading Earth is warming 50x faster than when it comes out of an ice age

Dangerous global warming will happen sooner than thought

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Energy use per person was on track to rise sixfold by 2050 across the world, according to researchers from Queensland and Griffith universities Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Australian researchers say a global tracker monitoring energy use per person points to 2°C warming by 2030

March 10, 2016 — The world is on track to reach dangerous levels of global warming much sooner than expected, according to new Australian research that highlights the alarming implications of rising energy demand.

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The key to halting climate change, admit we can’t save everything

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Triage would replace the status quo of inadequately managing public land and endangered species. Photograph: Paul Souders/Corbis
The best use of resources is to adopt a triage approach to climate change – deal with the direst circumstances first, and work from there

March 7, 2016 — Climate change, and human resistance to making the changes needed to halt it, both continue apace: 2015 was the hottest year in recorded history, we may be on the brink of a major Continue reading The key to halting climate change, admit we can’t save everything