Environment world review of the year: ‘2011 rewrote the record books’


From John Vidal, Environment Editor, guardian.co.uk.

Members of the Japanese government investigate the accident at Fukushima nuclear power plant. Image source: Kyodo/Reuters

The year 2011 was another ecologically tumultuous year withgreenhouse gases rise to record levelsArctic sea ice nearly equalling 2007’s record melt, and temperatures the 11th highest ever recorded.

It was marked on the ground by unparalleled extremes of heat and cold in the US, droughts and heatwaves in Europe and Africa and record numbers of weather-related natural disasters.

In addition, 2011 saw the world population reach 7 billion, the second worst nuclear disaster and record investments in renewable energy.

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