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2016 hottest year ever recorded and scientists say human activity to blame

el niño climate phenomenon helped ramp up temperatures to “shocking” levels
The natural El Niño climate phenomenon helped ramp up temperatures to “shocking” levels in early 2016. Photograph: P B Verma/Barcroft Image
  • Final data confirms record-breaking temperatures for third year in a row
  • Earth has not been this warm for 115,000 years

January 18, 2017 — 2016 was the hottest year on record, setting a new high for the third year in a row, with scientists firmly putting the blame on human activities that drive climate change.  Continue reading 2016 hottest year ever recorded and scientists say human activity to blame

Almost 75% of Japan’s biggest coral reef has died from bleaching, says report

coral bleaching occurs when unusually warm water causes coral to expel algae, turning it white
Coral bleaching occurs when unusually warm water causes coral to expel algae, turning it white. Photograph: The Ocean Agency

Coral in the Sekisei lagoon in Okinawa has turned brown and is covered with algae, according to a government study

January 13, 2017 — Almost three-quarters of Japan’s biggest coral reef has died, according to a report that blames its demise on rising sea temperatures caused by global warming.  Continue reading Almost 75% of Japan’s biggest coral reef has died from bleaching, says report

‘Many more’ corals die in Great Barrier Reef bleaching

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This photo taken on November 20, 2014 shows an aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland. Sarah Lai/AFP

It is the third time in 18 years that the World Heritage-listed site, which teems with marine life, has experienced mass bleaching after previous events in 1998 and 2002

SYDNEY, Australia (Oct. 27, 2016) — More corals are dying and others are succumbing to disease and predators after the worst-ever bleaching on Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef, scientists said Wednesday, October 26.  Continue reading ‘Many more’ corals die in Great Barrier Reef bleaching

Global warming will hit poorer countries hardest

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The study by the University of East Anglis is the first to link CO2 emissions with more frequent hot days. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Tropical regions likely to suffer biggest increase in hot days and extreme weather because of climate change, say scientists

May 16, 2016 — New evidence that poorer countries will suffer the worst effects of climate change has shown that the number of hot days in tropical developing countries is likely to increase markedly as global warming takes hold. Continue reading Global warming will hit poorer countries hardest