For anyone infantile enough to believe global warming isn’t here, let alone gathering momentum, 2016 is now being recognised as the warmest since records began. Indeed, winter in Britain as we entered into 2017 is so warm for this time of year that it heralds the promise of another record setting year this year again.
Temperature data for 2016 shows it is likely to have edged ahead of 2015 as the world’s warmest year. Data from Nasa and the UK Met Office shows temperatures were about 0.07 degrees Celsius above the 2015 mark. Although the Met Office increase was within the margin of error, Nasa says that 2016 was the third year in a row to break the record. The El Niño weather phenomenon played a role, say scientists, but the main factor was human emissions of CO2.
The latest conclusions won’t make comfortable reading…..