In many ways, climate change this year was no different to all the other years since the turn of the century. Early data from the World Meteorological Organization shows global temperatures to be simmering away at 1.2° C (2.2° F) above pre-industrial levels, on track to make 2016 the hottest on record. If that phrase sounds familiar, it is because it would mean 16 of the 17 hottest years recorded have occurred since 2000, the other being 1998. But the year threw up plenty of surprises too, an Arctic heatwave, massive coral bleaching and the election of a certain unpredictable leader, just to name a few. Here’s a look at the key events to shape the year in climate science, and what they might mean as we sweat into 2017 and beyond.
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- UN: Climate refugees and avoidable human tragedy on tap unless we go beyond Paris Agreement
- Hottest half-year on record sinks Arctic ice to new lows
- Antacid for the atmosphere could cool down planet Earth
- Looking to the past to learn more about a warming planet’s possible future
- How a hotspot in the Earth’s mantle fooled the scientists tracking Greenland’s ice loss
- CO2 hits record highs over South Pole in hottest May on record