The high temperatures and wildfires of 2019 were thought to have heralded a freak summer for the Arctic. Then 2020 brought worse.
Crowds gather on a Bournemouth beach on June 25 2020 – the hottest day of the year so far.
A new study lays bare the average summer heat people in the UK can expect by century's end.
Temperature anomalies from March 19 to June 20 2020. Red colors depict areas that were hotter than average for the same period from 2003-2018; blues were colder than average.
Models have predicted for some time that with every degree of global warming, the Arctic will see double or more.
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Older records can tell us a lot about Australia's pre-industrial climate, before the large-scale burning of fossil fuels tainted global temperature records.
'Wet-bulb' temperature records show that deadly thresholds for heat and humidity are arriving faster than anticipated.
Enter Shikari put climate change centre stage at Reading Festival 2019.
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Climate science is now firmly part of the zeitgeist.
A real fire in southern New South Wales - not to be confused with the metaphorical one in the halls of Canberra.
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With New South Wales suffering winter bushfires and temperature records tumbling around the globe, our leaders in Canberra have picked a bad time to jettison climate policy in favour of political bickering.
Firefighters and volunteers battle a blaze near Loutraki in southern Greece.
From Greece, to the UK, to Japan and even Sweden, a slew of places in the Northern Hemisphere are suffering extreme heat. And the chances of extreme heat records tumbling are growing all the time.
It was a hot year for many Australians.
An annual assessment of the health of Australia's environment shows mostly stable conditions in 2017, but ecosystems on land and at sea suffered ever higher temperatures.
A fireman tackles one of the wildfires that swept through parts of California in October.
This year is poised to go down as the hottest non-El Niño year ever recorded, with record low polar ice and extreme weather that left many regions battling bushfires and hurricanes.
Extreme temperatures in Cordoba, Spain in June 2017.
In an unchanging climate, we would expect record-breaking temperatures to get rarer as the observation record grows longer. But in the real world the opposite is true - because we are driving up temperatures.
Wildfires in Tasmania in 2016 were in part the result of an extended dry period beginning in 2015.
October 2015 was the hottest on record for that month, and Tasmania had its driest ever spring.
Flooding on the Niemur River near Moulamein, Australia, October 22, 2016.
The final weeks of 2016 would need to be the coldest of the 21st century to avoid it becoming the hottest year.
Australia’s 2013 ‘angry’ summer was characterised by heatwaves and major bushfires. Such a summer will be normal by 2035.
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Global temperatures like 2015 will by normal by 2030, and Australia's record-breaking 2013 summer will likely be an average summer by 2035.
Melting ice sheets – such as this one in Greenland – are one way the Earth amplifies global warming.
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New projections suggest the world could warm 3-7 degrees over coming centuries.
Atmospheric, marine, environmental, biological and medical scientists join in calling for more focus on the damage being wrought by climate change.
Victoria was one of several states to suffer bushfires as temperatures soared in late 2015.
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2015 was the world's hottest year on record. The US State of the Climate report has rounded up the litany of temperature and other records that were broken all over the globe.
Re-analysed data shows that Australia has indeed been hotter over the past 30 years than any time in the preceding millennium.
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Australasia's warming in recent decades is unprecedented in the past millennium. But a mistake in the paper reporting this finding took four years to fix, and was viciously attacked by bloggers.
Summer stayed into autumn in many parts of Australia.
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Autumn 2016 was Australia's hottest, beating the previous record set in 2005.
The records keep on falling.
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Another month, another broken temperature record. Scientists are already confident 2016 will be the hottest year ever, a record only set in 2015.