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2017 was the hottest year on record without El Niño boost

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Global temperature map, January to December 2017. Photograph: NOAA

Data shows the year was also one of the hottest three ever recorded, with scientists warning that the ‘climate tide is rising fast’

January 18, 2018 — 2017 was the hottest year since global records began that was not given an additional boost by the natural climate cycle El Niño, according to new data. Even without an El Niño, the year was still exceptionally hot, being one of the top three ever recorded. Continue reading 2017 was the hottest year on record without El Niño boost

Australia’s summer heat hints at worse to come

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A couple shelter from the heat at Sydney’s Bondi Beach. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty

If the third warmest January on record occurred during a La Niña event, scientists are asking what El Niño has in store

February 27, 2017 — Right now south-eastern Australia is having an unbearable summer. Temperatures in Sydney have regularly been in the upper 30s in recent weeks, while inland areas have had several days in the mid-40s. Continue reading Australia’s summer heat hints at worse to come

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

Flooding, UK government plans for more extreme rainfall

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Flooding in the village of Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland, 2015. Critical infrastructure, such as water and telecoms, are at serious risk from floods. Photograph: Catriona Webster/PA

National review prompted by severe flooding in recent winters anticipates 20-30% more extreme downpours than before

September 8, 2016 — The UK’s new flood defence plans anticipate significantly higher extreme rainfall, after new research was published as part of the government’s National Flood Resilience review.  Continue reading Flooding, UK government plans for more extreme rainfall

Asian typhoons becoming more intense, study finds

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On 7 July 2015, satellite images showed the Pacific Ocean with two typhoons, one tropical storm, one formation alert and one large area of increased convection. Photograph: JMA MTSAT-2/NOAA

Giant storms that wreak havoc across China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines have grown 50% stronger in the past 40 years due to warming seas

September 6, 2016 — The destructive power of the typhoons that wreak havoc across China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines has intensified by 50% in the past 40 years due to warming seas, a new study has found.  Continue reading Asian typhoons becoming more intense, study finds

Global warming is shifting Earth’s clouds, study shows

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Clouds are a key component of the Earth’s climate system. Photograph: Reinhard Krause/REUTERS

The warming of the planet over the past few decades has shifted a key band of clouds poleward and increased the heights of clouds tops

July 14, 2016 — The reaction of clouds to a warming atmosphere has been one of the major sources of uncertainty in estimating exactly how much the world will heat up from the accumulation of Continue reading Global warming is shifting Earth’s clouds, study shows

April breaks global temperature record, marking seven months of new highs

Latest monthly figures add to string of recent temperature records and all but assure 2016 will be hottest year on record

May 16, 2016 — Last month was the hottest April on record globally – and the seventh month in a row to have broken global temperature records. Continue reading April breaks global temperature record, marking seven months of new highs

March temperature smashes 100-year global record

Average global temperature was 1.07°C hotter – beating last month’s previous record increase

April 18, 2016 — The global temperature in March has shattered a century-long record and by the greatest margin yet seen for any month.

February was far above the long-term average globally, driven largely by climate change, and was described by scientists as a “shocker” and signalling “a kind of climate emergency”. But data Continue reading March temperature smashes 100-year global record

Florida wakes up to climate change

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Miami Beach is one of the world’s most vulnerable cities to sea floods. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

April 18, 2016 — The city of Miami Beach is slowly disappearing under water. At the big high tides of the year the sea washes over the famous wide beach and floods many of the city streets and magnificent Art Deco buildings. And over the past decade the floods have been striking more frequently.

Continue reading Florida wakes up to climate change

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.

Continue reading February breaks global temperature records by ‘shocking’ amount