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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

Keep global warming under 1.5C or ‘quarter of planet could become arid’

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Aridification is a serious threat – as well as leading to droughts and wildfires it can also have an impact on agriculture, water quality, and biodiversity. Photograph: Javier Blasco/EPA

A global temperature rise to 2°C above pre-industrial levels could see many regions facing an increased threat of drought and wildfires, study suggests

January 3, 2018 — More than a quarter of the planet’s surface could become significantly drier if global temperatures rise 2°C above pre-industrial levels, scientists predict. Continue reading Keep global warming under 1.5C or ‘quarter of planet could become arid’

Battered by extreme weather, Americans are more worried about climate change

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A home is surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey in Spring, Texas. Photograph: David J. Phillip/AP

After months of intense hurricanes, heat waves, and droughts, a survey finds a record number of Americans worried about climate change

November 20, 2017 — The latest climate change survey from Yale and George Mason Universities is out, and it shows that Americans are still poorly-informed about the causes of global warming. Only Continue reading Battered by extreme weather, Americans are more worried about climate change

From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders

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Mount Kilimanjaro – a natural wonder at risk from climate change as its glaciers shrink. Photograph: khanbm52/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Number of natural world heritage sites at serious risk from global warming has doubled in three years, says the IUCN, including the Great Barrier Reef and spectacular karst caves in Europe

November 13, 2017 — From the Everglades in the US to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, climate change is destroying the many of the greatest wonders of the natural world. Continue reading From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders

COP23: Plea for ‘urgent action’ on climate shadowed by Trump

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PASSING THE HAMMER. Salaheddine Mezouar (C-R), Moroccan Foreign Minister and President of COP22, hands over a symbolic hammer to Frank Bainimarama (C-L), Prime Minister of Fiji and President of the COP23, during the opening session of the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on November 6, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany. Patrik Stollarz/AFP

The concern is more whether other leaders who were already reluctant to foreswear fossil fuels as the main engine of economic growth for their countries will lose resolve

BONN, Germany (Nov. 7, 2017) — Following a cascade of grim reports on the gathering pace of global warming, Fiji’s prime minister on Monday, November 6, appealed for “urgent action” on climate change at UN negotiations in Bonn. Continue reading COP23: Plea for ‘urgent action’ on climate shadowed by Trump

How Will Climate Change Affect the United States in Decades to Come

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A satellite image of an atmospheric river over the northeastern Pacific on 20 February 2017, which helped California and the American West emerge from a 5-year drought. Atmospheric rivers—relatively long, narrow regions in the atmosphere—transport most of the water vapor outside of the tropics. When a large atmospheric river makes landfall, extreme precipitation—sometimes double the amount of rain that fell in the preceding 5 months—and flooding can result. The frequency and intensity of atmospheric rivers and droughts are just two realms explored in a new report that focuses on the effects of climate change across the United States. Credit: Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory/VIIRS/Suomi-NPP

A new U.S. government report shows that climate is changing and that human activities will lead to many more changes. These changes will affect sea levels, drought frequency, severe precipitation, and more

November 3, 2017 — Today scientists released a new report that details how climate change is affecting weather and climate across the United States and how future changes in climate could play out across the country. Continue reading How Will Climate Change Affect the United States in Decades to Come

Wildfire toll hits 41 in Portugal and Spain but rain brings respite

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PORTUGAL WILDFIRES. Firefighters inspect a burnt house in Lufreu near Penacova following wildfires on October 17, 2017. Photo by Francisco Leong/AFP

Portugal’s civil protection agency says the 15 biggest fires, which had raged through the center and the north of the country, had been brought under control. In Spain, the death toll rises to 4 from the fires

PENACOVA, Portugal – Overnight rain and calmer winds on Tuesday, October 17, helped firefighters tame a spate of deadly wildfires that broke out over the weekend, devouring homes and killing 37 people in Portugal and another 4 in northern Spain. Continue reading Wildfire toll hits 41 in Portugal and Spain but rain brings respite

Firefighters ‘turn a corner’ but deadly California wildfires continue

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The ruins of houses are seen near Fountaingrove Parkway in Santa Rosa. Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images

40 confirmed dead and at least 5,700 homes and businesses destroyed

October 15, 2017 — With winds dying down, fire officials said on Sunday they had apparently “turned a corner” against wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week. Thousands got the all-clear to return home. Continue reading Firefighters ‘turn a corner’ but deadly California wildfires continue

California wildfires: 29 dead as winds threaten to worsen out-of-control blaze

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Firefighters fight a blaze in Anaheim Hills, in southern California. Around 8,000 firefighters are working across the state. Photograph: Palle/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock

Unprecedented wildfires raging in California’s wine country leave enormous devastation as fire agency says situation still ‘very serious’

October 12, 2017 — The death toll climbed to 29 on Thursday as wildfires continue to blaze almost completely out of control in California’s wine country and firefighters expect weather conditions to take a turn for the worse. Continue reading California wildfires: 29 dead as winds threaten to worsen out-of-control blaze

California wildfires: 21 dead as winds threaten to worsen out-of-control blaze

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Fires burn near vineyards in Napa County late Tuesday evening. ‘We’re still not out of the woods, it’s a very serious situation.’ Photograph: Palle/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock

Unprecedented fires raging in California’s wine country leave ‘enormous devastation’ with foreboding weather conditions expected

October 11, 2017 — The death toll has climbed to 21 as wildfires continue to blaze almost completely out of control in California’s wine country, and firefighters expect weather conditions to take a turn for the worse. Continue reading California wildfires: 21 dead as winds threaten to worsen out-of-control blaze