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2016 Officially Declared Hottest Year on Record

2016 Officially Declared Hottest Year on Record

2016 was the hottest year in 137 years of record keeping and the third year in a row to take the number one slot, a mark of how much the world has warmed over the last century because of human activities, U.S. government scientists announced Wednesday. 2016 is a “data point at the end of many data points that indicates” long-term warming, Deke … Read More

Japan’s Biggest Coral Reef Devastated by Bleaching

Japan’s Biggest Coral Reef Devastated by Bleaching

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. The Japanese environment ministry said that 70% of the Sekisei lagoon in Okinawa had been killed by a phenomenon known as bleaching. Bleaching occurs when unusually warm water causes coral… Read More

Beginning of the End of CA Drought, But What’s Next?

Beginning of the End of CA Drought, But What’s Next?

After a week of being walloped by major storms that have dumped copious rain and snow on the state, California is finally emerging from a deep, years-long drought. Ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada mountains are flush with snow, while key reservoirs have filled back up. On Thursday, the U.S. Drought Monitor erased all drought in Northern California… Read More

Climate Change Is the World’s Biggest Risk, in 3 Charts

Climate Change Is the World’s Biggest Risk, in 3 Charts

The rise of the machines isn’t the biggest threat to humanity. It’s climate change, extreme weather and other environmental factors. The World Economic Forum surveyed 750 experts on what the most likely and impactful risks facing humanity are in 2017. In a report released Thursday, they ranked extreme weather as the most likely risk and the second … Read More

It’s Official: 2016 Was Second Hottest Year for U.S.

It’s Official: 2016 Was Second Hottest Year for U.S.

2016 was the second hottest year for the U.S. in more than 120 years of record keeping, government scientists announced on Monday, marking 20 above-average years in a row. Every state had a temperature ranking at least in the top seven, with two, Georgia and Alaska, recording their hottest year. The announcement comes a week before the National… Read More

Climate Change Is Driving Birds to Migrate Early

Climate Change Is Driving Birds to Migrate Early

Migrating birds are responding to the effects of climate change by arriving at their breeding grounds earlier as global temperatures rise, research has found. The University of Edinburgh study, which looked at hundreds of species across five continents, found that birds are reaching their summer breeding grounds on average about one day earlier… Read More

There Were a Crazy Number of Record Highs in 2016

There Were a Crazy Number of Record Highs in 2016

2016 will be remembered for many things. One of them will be heat. It was the hottest year on record globally. While the world is still waiting for confirmation of just how high the record was, there’s a lot of data to digest from the U.S. Nearly every square inch of the country was dramatically warmer than normal. The blistering pace of record … Read More

Heat Is On for 2017, Just Not Record-Setting

Heat Is On for 2017, Just Not Record-Setting

2016 is about to cap off the hottest year on record for the third straight year, a remarkable streak fueled primarily by the excess heat trapped in Earth’s atmosphere by ever-rising levels of greenhouse gases. While that streak is expected to end, in part because of the demise of one of the strongest El Niños on record, 2017 is still expected to… Read More

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10 Warmest Years on Record Globally The 10 warmest years on record globally have all happened since 1998, with 2014 on top as the warmest of all.

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