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State of the climate

LATEST IN STATE OF THE CLIMATE

A man breaks a block of ice to distribute it among the residents of a slum during hot weather in Ahmedabad, India, April 28, 2022

State of the climate: 2022 on track for a summer of extreme heat

The summer of 2022 is shaping up to be a scorcher. June 2022 saw the warmest temperatures on record over the world’s land areas – and record-brea... Read More

State of the climate | Jul 25. 2022.
Sea oats and grass at the beach at sunset

State of the climate: Start of 2022 is the fifth warmest on record

After a slightly cooler 2021 on the Earth’s surface, the world is on track for 2022 to be somewhere between the fourth and eighth warmest year sinc... Read More

State of the climate | Apr 27. 2022.
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State of the climate: How the world warmed in 2021

The climate data for 2021 is now mostly in, and it has proved to be another noteworthy year across the oceans, atmosphere, cryosphere and surface tem... Read More

State of the climate | Jan 17. 2022.
Sunset in Henry County, Iowa, with haze and smoke from forest fires

State of the climate: Summer 2021 sets new high for average land temperature

The year so far has been one of extremes, featuring record-shattering heatwaves, wildfires and flooding, as well as the warmest-ever northern-hemisph... Read More

State of the climate | Oct 19. 2021.
People ride on a waterlogged road in Zhengzhou after torrential rains

State of the climate: 2021 sees widespread climate extremes despite a cool start

While the early months of 2021 have been cooler than much of the past decade, global temperatures have risen in recent months as the effects of La Ni... Read More

State of the climate | Jul 26. 2021.
Sunrise-over-the-ocean

State of the climate: 2021 off to cooler start due to fading La Niña

After a record-tying warm year in 2020, the world is on track for a cooler year in 2021, driven by moderately strong La Niña conditions in the late ... Read More

State of the climate | May 21. 2021.
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State of the climate: 2020 ties as warmest year on record

With all the official climate data now in, the world’s surface temperatures in 2020 have been confirmed as effectively tied with 2016 as the warmes... Read More

State of the climate | Jan 14. 2021.
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State of the climate: 2020 on course to be warmest year on record

While this year will be memorable for many reasons, it is now more likely than not that 2020 will also be the warmest year for the Earth’s surface ... Read More

State of the climate | Oct 23. 2020.
Beijing landmarks, including the China Zun, stand to form a skyline at sunset

State of the climate: 2020 set to be first or second warmest year on record

With the data now in for the first half of the year, Carbon Brief estimates that 2020 is most likely to be either the warmest or second warmest year ... Read More

State of the climate | Jul 30. 2020.
Unseasonably warm weather as the morning sun rises over the historic landmarks along the promenade in Southport on Merseyside, UK. 2 January 2020. Credit: KeyWorded / Alamy Stock Photo

State of the climate: First quarter of 2020 is second warmest on record

This year is shaping up to be one of the warmest years on record – if not the warmest. This is particularly noteworthy because 2020 is likely ... Read More

State of the climate | Apr 20. 2020.
Sunrise over cliffs off Garie Beach in Royal National park, Australia. Credit: Taras Vyshnya / Alamy Stock Photo. JJBFMF

State of the climate: How the world warmed in 2019

All of the official climate data for 2019 is now in. In this article, Carbon Brief explains why last year proved to be so remarkable across the plane... Read More

State of the climate | Jan 20. 2020.
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