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    2015 the hottest year on record – doesn’t make the headlines

    2015 was the first full year to break the 1C barrier above pre-industrial levels – a key benchmark for warming UK Met Office figures show that 2015 was 0.75C warmer than the long-term average between 1961-1990. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a US federal agency, 2015 is the fourth time an annual global temperature has been set this century. 2015 also saw record high temperatures for 10 months, with five months showing the highest departure from the average of any month on record. Go to the graphic and watch the average temperature rise relentlessly year after year play “There is no evidence that [the] warming trend has…

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    A warm and wet winter in Europe

    Deserted slopes and empty ski lifts resulted in sales of ski packages in Europe slumped by 20% in December resulting in heavy discounting. Just before Christmas Alpine ski resorts desperate to open after the warmest December on record in France. The Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise resort in Savoie used helicopters to transport 100 tonnes of snow to the slopes part of the 100,000 cubic metres of snow produced by water cannon. 120,000 people work in the French ski industry, only 40% of seasonal workers in resorts¬† have foudn employment this year and there are reports in the French media that in some resorts staff have accepted a 30% cut in in working time…

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