2016 started at the peak of a powerful El Nino event, and with memories of the Paris Climate agreement freshly reached in 2015, both of which helped set the stage for the way climate and discussions about climate played out this year. It ended with speculation about how a Trump presidency might change the political stage, the Paris agreement ratified and the certainty that this year has been the warmest at least in the historical record. Science in Action concludes the year with an overview of the state of the climate, and what the prospects are for future climate change.
Dr Richard Betts, of the UK Met Office
Professor Ralph Keeling, of the University of California San Diego
Dr Friederike Otto, of the Oxford University Environmental Change Institute
Dr Ted Scambos, Senior Scientist at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center
Professor Corinne Le Quere, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, University of East Anglia
Dr Autun Purser, Alfred Wegener Ins