Another year, another hot one.
In fact, it was a record year for global heat, by a significant margin. This follows the hottest five-year period on record. As I write this, the North Pole is 50F above normal. In the Antarctic, C02 levels hit 400 parts-per-million for the first time in four million years. For those of you just joining us, welcome to the New Anthropocene.
America's President-elect signed a public letter in 2009 calling for cuts to America's greenhouse-gas emissions. Three years later, he dismissed climate change as a Chinese hoax. When he needed votes he promised to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. After he was elected he admitted to "some connectivity" between climate change and human activity. And then there was the wall he wanted to build at his luxury resort in Ireland to protect his property from the impact of climate change. More recently, a Trump transition official said that the new President might try to eliminate NASA's Earth Sciences department. And the President-elect in December said, "Look, I'm somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It's not something that's so hard and fast." (More on this insane flip-flopping is here.)
Imagine a cabinet where the only official who admits that human beings contribute to climate change is the former head of ExxonMobil. You cannot make this stuff up. (Seth Meyers has a good piece here.) In the end, The Huffington Post wrote, "It's hard to overstate how anti-environment Donald Trump's cabinet picks are."
So, to begin 2017, we've got that going for us.