The first collection of readings for this year makes sobering reading – in fact it makes for scary reading. As predicted, 2015 was the hottest year on record with a big rise in the average global temperature. (But there are still people out there calling it a hoax!) In fact if you are younger than 31, you have never lived through a month of below average global temperatures. We’ve been warned and warned about the climate change – but we continue to do too little too late.
It’s official: 2015 ‘smashed’ 2014’s global temperature record. It wasn’t even close from the Washington Post – “NASA reported that 2015 was officially 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit (0.13 degrees Celsius) hotter than 2014, the prior record year, a sharp increase for a global temperature record in which annual variation is often considerably smaller.” It includes a helpful short video (Here’s what it means to have the hottest year on record – again) explaining the results.
2015 Was the Hottest Year on Record, by a Stunning Margin: We actually broke the record for breaking records from Bloomberg Business – includes a great graphic showing the way the average global temperature has risen since 1880 and a short video showing the history of climate change.
World’s oceans warming at increasingly faster rate, new study finds from the Guardian – “Ocean water has absorbed more than 90% of the excess heat and nearly 30% of the carbon dioxide generated by human consumption of fossil fuels”.
COP21: Paris deal far too weak to prevent devastating climate change, academics warn from the Independent – while there was celebration about the results of the Paris Climate Change talks, there is a danger that it gives us a false reassurance that our leaders are finally acting to fix the problem.
Climate Visuals – “Built upon research involving thousands of citizens in the UK, US and Germany during 2015, Climate Visuals is an evidence-based resource for climate change communication. The website centres on seven key principles for visual climate change communication, and contains a growing, interactive library of images to provide inspiration and guidance for journalists, campaigners, bloggers and anyone else using imagery to communicate about climate change.”
Germany’s New Bike Superhighway via wimp – to finish with something positive: here’s a brief article (with photos) about the opening of the first stage of a 100 km highway for bicycles in Germany.
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