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2017 set to be hottest non-El Niño year, says UN

2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record
2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record except for two warmed by El Nino phenomena, says the UN’s World Meteorological Organization

The UN’s World Meteorological Organization says some 30 percent of the world’s population now experience ‘extreme hot temperatures’ for at least several days each year

BONN, Germany (Nov. 6, 2017) — 2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record except for two warmed by El Niño phenomena, the UN’s World Meteorological Organization said Monday, November 6. Continue reading 2017 set to be hottest non-El Niño year, says UN

2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record

activists hold giant balloons labeled ‘co2’ in front of the neurath coal power plant ahead of the bonn climate summit
Activists hold giant balloons labeled ‘CO2’ in front of the Neurath coal power plant ahead of the Bonn climate summit. Photograph: Philipp Guelland/EPA

Data so far this year points to 2017 continuing a long-term trend of record breaking temperatures around the world, says World Meteorological Organization

November 6, 2017 — 2017 is set to be one of the hottest three years on record, provisional data suggests, confirming yet again a warming trend that scientists say bears the fingerprints of human actions. Continue reading 2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record

From Miami to Shanghai: 3C of warming will leave world cities below sea level

how shanghai would look with a rise of just 2c
How Shanghai would look with a rise of just 2C: the UN warned this week of a potential 3C scenario. Photograph: Nickolay Lamm/Courtesy Climate Central

An elevated level of climate change would lock in irreversible sea-level rises affecting hundreds of millions of people, Guardian data analysis shows

November 3, 2017 — Hundreds of millions of urban dwellers around the world face their cities being inundated by rising seawaters if latest UN warnings that the world is on course for 3°C of global warming come true, according to a Guardian data analysis. Continue reading From Miami to Shanghai: 3C of warming will leave world cities below sea level

$129B in extreme weather losses last year – climate report

heavy waves caused by hurricane matthew pounds the boat docks at the sunset bar and grill
DAMAGE. In this file photo, heavy waves caused by Hurricane Matthew pounds the boat docks at the Sunset Bar and Grill, October 7, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

There was a 46% increase in weather disasters from 2010 to 2016, with 797 ‘extreme’ events recorded last year, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal

PARIS, France (Nov. 1, 2017) — Extreme weather caused some $129 billion (111 billion euros) in economic losses last year, said a report Tuesday, October 31, that warned the bill will keep climbing as climate change boosts droughts, storms and floods. Continue reading $129B in extreme weather losses last year – climate report

IPCC Chair Discusses Limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C

plumes of smoke rise from chimneys at an industrial area in greece
Plumes of smoke rise from chimneys at an industrial area in Greece. IPCC is working on a series of reports, including one on assessing ways to limit global warming to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. Credit: Alexandros Maragos/Moment/Getty Images

Several forthcoming reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change examine what needs to be done to take control of our climate future

November 1, 2017 — With a United Nations climate change conference scheduled for Bonn, Germany, from 6 to 17 November, two high-level reports released this week warn about the increasing risk of climate change. In addition, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is working on a separate report, to be issued in 2018, about the effects of global warming at 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. Continue reading IPCC Chair Discusses Limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C

Climate change and Harvey: your questions answered

hurricane harvey
Infrared image of Hurricane Harvey just prior to making landfall along the Texas coast, US. Photograph: NOAA

At least 14 people have died and tens of thousands evacuated as Houston continues to be battered by catastrophic rainfall. Can we decode the disaster?

August 29, 2017 — What is Harvey?

A tropical storm that is on course to break the US record for the heaviest rainfall from a tropical system. Meteorologists say the 120cm-mark set in 1978 could be surpassed on Tuesday or Wednesday. Continue reading Climate change and Harvey: your questions answered

UN reports Antarctica’s highest temperatures on record

antarctica early morning
View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

Mapping Antarctica’s extremes is essential for understanding weather patterns, and teasing out natural climate variability from human-induced climate change, the WMO said in a statement

PARIS, France — The UN’s World Meteorological Organization published the highest temperatures on record in 3 Antarctic zones Wednesday, March 1, setting a benchmark for studying how climate change is affecting this crucial region. Continue reading UN reports Antarctica’s highest temperatures on record

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

delicate arch trail, us
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

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

Global ‘greening’ has slowed rise of CO2 in the atmosphere, study finds

natural vegetation absorbs about a quarter of the carbon emissions created by burning fossil fuels
Natural vegetation absorbs about a quarter of the carbon emissions created by burning fossil fuels. Photograph: Kuni Takahashi/Getty Images

Increased growth of plants fertilised by higher CO2 levels is only partly offsetting emissions and will not halt dangerous warming, scientists conclude

November 8, 2016 — A global “greening” of the planet has significantly slowed the rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere since the start of the century, according to new research.  Continue reading Global ‘greening’ has slowed rise of CO2 in the atmosphere, study finds