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- For the past 150 years, global temperatures for the previous 12 months have been recorded at the end of each month (Jan-Dec; Feb-Jan, etc.)
- September 1997–August 1998 was the hottest 12-month period on record at the time, in part because of El Nino.
- It’s now in 60th place.
- Sep97-Aug98 has been surpassed by yearlong periods in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
- Many of those years weren’t even aided by El Niño events; unassisted global warming made them hotter than Sep97-Aug98.
- Despite stating his aim to have “the greenest government ever” in practice David Cameron’s government diverted funding away from renewables and towards fracking – an industry as under-developed and inefficient as any renewable industry.
- On July 13, 2016 Theresa May, the new PM, abolished the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
- Responsibility for tackling climate change will probably now fall to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, headed by Angela Leadsom. According to Leadsom, in May 2015 she wasn’t sure if climate change was real. (Though by October 2015 she was “completely persuaded.”)
- Global temperatures have been steadily rising above the average 1880-1899 baseline. In 2015 the overall rise was above 1°C for the first time. In 2016, the rise is predicted to be around 1.3°C.