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Thursday, November 26th

“Bad news for the planet” amid fresh temperature records “Global temperatures are continuing to climb to fresh records, adding to the urgency of curbing greenhouse gas emissions that are the primary cause, the World Meteorological Organisation says. Preliminary agency figures show that for the first 10 months of 2015, average sea and land surface temperatures were 0.73 degrees above the 1961–90 average of 14 degrees. They were about 1 degree warmer than the 1850–1899 period used as a proxy for the pre-industrial era. The past five years were also the hottest on record, beating the previous five years, and showing ‘a continued sustained warming trend’ since the mid-1970s.” (Also: Paris climate talks won’t beat dangerous global warming but they will try to build a vehicle that can)

The Age