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2020 Rivals Hottest Year on Record, Pushing Earth Closer to a Critical Climate Threshold


January 15, 2021

The Washington Post - The year 2020, which witnessed terrifying blazes from California to Siberia and a record number of tropical cyclones in the Atlantic, rivaled and possibly even equaled the hottest year on record, according to multiple scientific announcements Thursday.

“What keeps us climate scientists up in the dead of night is wondering what we don't know about the self-reinforcing or vicious cycles in the Earth's climate system,” said Katharine Hayhoe, a professor at Texas Tech University, in an email. “The further and faster we push it beyond anything experienced in the history of human civilization on this planet, the greater the risk of serious and even dangerous consequences. And this year, we've seen that in spades.”

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