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Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

Science
Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Last year's increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years. Researchers say a combination of human activities and the El Niño weather phenomenon drove CO2 to a level not seen in 800,000 years.Scientists say this risks making global temperature targets largely unattainable.This year's greenhouse gas bulletin produced by the WMO, is based on measurements taken in 51 countries. Research stations dotted around the globe measure concentrations of warming gases including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. The figures published by the WMO are what's left in the atmosphere after significant amounts are absorbed by the Earth's "sinks", wh
'American Horror Story: Cult' trailer shows aftermath of 2016 election

'American Horror Story: Cult' trailer shows aftermath of 2016 election

Entertainment
Aug. 23 (UPI) --American Horror Story: Cult's first trailer placed a focus on the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.The first official trailer for Season 7 of FX's anthology horror series highlighted the season's political theme, as stars Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters showed conflicting reaction to the election of Donald Trump.Paulson's character is seen screaming in horror at the announcement of the election results, while Peters releases a triumphant shout before thrusting his lower body at his TV screen.Focus then shifts to Paulson discussing her increased fear of clowns following the election, as she appears to be stalked by several murderous circus performers.The trailer also features various images of Twisty the Clown from the Season 4 "Freak Show."Peters offers some o...
US report confirms 2016 as warmest year on record

US report confirms 2016 as warmest year on record

Science
A report compiled by a US government agency has confirmed that 2016 was the warmest year on record and the third year in a row of record global warmth.The heat was the result of long-term global warming and a strong El Niño weather phenomenon, the report said.Global surface and sea temperatures, sea levels and greenhouse gases levels were all at record highs, it added.The report comes after President Donald Trump announced plans for the US to quit the 2015 Paris climate accord.Animation: Climate change explained in six graphicsWhat is climate change?Mr Trump has previously dismissed climate change as "a hoax".The international report, State of the Climate in 2016, was compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is based on contributions from nearly 500 scient