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How Can We Predict The Hottest Years On Record

How Can We Predict The Hottest Years On RecordNASA and NOAA jointly reported that 2016 was the warmest year on record. That’s no surprise, as the first six months of the year were all exceptionally warm.

Climate link to glacier retreat now irrefutable

glacier 12 23 By studying evidence of the retreat of glaciers around the globe over a period of a century, scientists believe they have found an irrefutable link to climate change.

Why Global Warming Started Earlier Than We Thought

Why Global Warming Started Earlier Than We ThoughtIn the early days of the Industrial Revolution, no one would have thought that their burning of fossil fuels would have an almost immediate effect on the climate.

Why The Clouds Impact On Climate Is Not Simple

Cloudy sunset in Phuket, Thailand: what clouds do to climate is still unsettled. Image: 29cm via Wikimedia CommonsThe perennial question of how clouds affect the Earth’s climate takes another twist, with one study expecting cooling and another the opposite.

Thinning Clouds In The Tropics Put Global Warming Ahead Of Schedule

Thinning Clouds In The Tropics Put Global Warming Ahead Of ScheduleWith the help of satellite data, scientists have shown that low-level cloud cover in the tropics thins out as Earth warms. Because this cloud cover has a cooling effect on the climate, the two-degree warming target set by the Paris Agreement may arrive sooner than predicted.

Looks Like We Have Blown The 1.5-degree Global Warming Target

Looks Like We Have Blown The 1.5-degree Global Warming TargetThe United Nations climate change conference held last year in Paris had the aim of tackling future climate change. After the deadlocks and weak measures that arose at previous meetings, such as Copenhagen in 2009, the Paris summit was different.

Global Warming And El Niño Sent Climate Records Tumbling

Global Warming And El Niño Sent Climate Records TumblingThe State of the Climate in 2015 report, led by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was released. Unfortunately, it paints a grim picture of the world’s climate last year.

Why The Antarctic Peninsula Is Cooling Now

 The Antarctic peninsula shows wide natural climate variability. Image: Courtesy of British Antarctic SurveyAfter warming for nearly 50 years the Antarctic peninsula has begun cooling, though probably not for long, UK scientists say.

Why Carbon Storage Increase In The Little Ice Age Bodes Ill For Us

Why Carbon Storage Increase In The Little Ice Age Bodes Ill For UsThe dip in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels during the Little Ice Age wasn’t caused by New World pioneers cutting a swathe through native American agriculture, as had been previously thought.

Zooplankton Warn Us That Extinction Has A Tipping Point

zooplankton 7 20Experts say the results of a study of ancient zooplankton fossils offer a warning about mass extinction events: There’s a tipping point, at which dramatic declines in populations begin.

A Brief History Of Fossil-fuelled Climate Change Denial

A Brief History Of Fossil-fuelled Climate Change DenialThe fossil fuel industry has spent many millions of dollars on confusing the public about climate change. But the role of vested interests in climate science denial is only half the picture.

Greenland Record Melt Tied To The Faster Arctic Warming

(Credit: University of Sheffield)Following record-high temperatures and melting records that affected northwest Greenland in summer 2015, a new study offers the first evidence linking melting in Greenland to the anticipated effects of a phenomenon known as Arctic amplification.

Here's Why 2016 Is Likely To Be The World's Hottest Year

Here's Why 2016 Is Likely To Be The World's Hottest YearWe’re not even halfway through the year but already you may have heard talk of 2016 being the hottest on record. But how can scientists be so sure we’re going to beat the previous record, set just last year?