New data presented today by the NOAA and NASA shows that global temperatures hit a record high for the third straight year in 2016. But while the El Niño weather system was cited as a contributing factor, the researchers say an overarching global warming trend is indisputable.
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While you were busy celebrating the holidays, NASA dropped the hottest mixtape of 2016. The Goddard Space Flight Center — where engineers and scientists who work on developing spacecrafts and other NASA technology — dropped a simply fire mixtape to celebrate some of Goddard's greatest achievements of 2016.
In late December, Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources removed language which asserted that humans are responsible for climate change from its website. The US government site now reads, "As it has done throughout the centuries, the earth is going through a change. The reasons for this change at this particular time in the earth's long history are being debated."
East Antarctica's largest glacier is melting - fast.
Now new Australian research has confirmed warm water, flowing through a deep channel under the glacier, is a major reason. The research highlights the vulnerability of the East Antarctic ice sheet to ocean heat, one of the biggest unknown factors for global sea-level rise projections.
With his latest cabinet picks, Donald Trump has strongly signalled that his administration will do little to combat climate change, which he once called a hoax invented by the Chinese. If the US president-elect tries to stop climate research, however, California's governor has promised to fight him at every turn.
As Charles Darwin showed nearly 150 years ago, species can adapt to changing environmental conditions through the trial-and-error process of natural selection. A discouraging new study shows that climate change is happening too fast for evolution to keep up, placing countless plant and animal species at risk.
Think back, if you will, to the halcyon days of 2012, when Donald Trump hadn't yet strangled the US presidency with his small, grubby orange hands. "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive," he tweeted on November 7 of that year.
Scientists recently developed a method to convert sewage into biocrude oil, so it appears that our future will quite literally be shit. According to a report from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, researchers converted poop to oil using a process called hydrothermal liquefaction. PNNL explains that hydrothermal liquefaction "mimics the geological conditions the Earth uses to create crude oil, using high pressure and temperature to achieve in minutes something that takes Mother Nature millions of years."
On an forbidding shoreline at the bottom of the world, the prodigious ice sheets of West Antarctica dead-end in the Amundsen sea. For decades, scientists have been monitoring this interface of rock, ice and ocean in order to understand how quickly it will retreat as the planet warms up. A new study shows that three of the Amundsen sea's frozen gateways are melting away faster than we realised, raising the spectre of an ice sheet collapse that could trigger a metre of global sea level rise.
Last week, the Paris climate agreement cleared its final hurdle, when the European Union formally signed on. With the support of 73 nations accounting for 57 per cent of global carbon emissions, the deal enters legal force on November 4. So what does that mean, and how soon do we kick our addiction to fossil fuels?