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2014 is the hottest year on record

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 16, 2015

On the off chance you get this before it spontaneously combusts, you should probably know that Earth just experienced its hottest year on record (again). You can blame humans, you blame nature, you can blame Mister Heat Miser. But for most scientists, there is a towering body of evidence to explain this inferno, and the debate over what’s causing the warm-up has already been decided (which is good, because the venue where the debate was being held just melted).

WaPo got reactions to the latest numbers from 21 scientists: “The temperature record is yet another brick in the massive wall of evidence that the climate is warming due to human activity.” Hey, (Science) Teacher, leave them kids alone…

If we’re going down in flames, let’s at least take 5 charts that explain 2014’s record-smashing heat. Or perhaps you’d prefer an animation?

Apparently, human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine planetary boundaries. (In layman’s terms: Uh oh.)

In other news, ocean life faces mass extinction.