Sunday, March 26, 2017

The planet burns while Donald Trump fiddles

Climate Change Pushes World Into ‘Uncharted Territory’

By Damian Carrington, The Guardian
Published: March 26th, 2017

The record-breaking heat that made 2016 the hottest year ever recorded has continued into 2017, pushing the world into “truly uncharted territory", according to the World Meteorological Organization.

The WMO’s assessment of the climate in 2016 reports unprecedented heat across the globe, exceptionally low ice at both poles and surging sea-level rise.

Global warming is largely being driven by emissions from human activities, but a strong El Niño — a natural climate cycle — added to the heat in 2016. The El Niño is now waning, but the extremes continue to be seen, with temperature records tumbling in the U.S. in February and polar heatwaves pushing ice cover to new lows.

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