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Environmental records shattered as climate change 'plays out before us' - 5th August

RECORDS

A newly published 'state of the climate' report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) finds that temperatures, sea levels and carbon dioxide all hit milestones in 2015.  

Climatologist Michael Mann said "The impacts of climate change are no longer subtle... they are playing out before us, in real time.  The 2015 numbers drive that home".

The records speak for themselves.  Last year was the warmest on record with the annual surface temperature beating the previous mark set in 2014 by 0.1C.  Record temperatures were also reached in the oceans and global sea level was at its highest in 2015.  Further to this, carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere surpassed the symbolic 400 parts per million mark at the Mauna Loa research station in Hawaii last year.

Such rapid changes in the climate may have significant consequences for humans and other species.

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