The previous warmest year on record for Earth's surface was set in 2015, which in turn broke the record set in 2014.
The election divided the year into “before” and “after.” But there remain signs of hope for 2017.
The U.S. added about 125 solar panels every minute in 2016. This is double the pace of 2015.
The year ended with the election of a president and vice president who don't embrace the scientific consensus that climate change is real and caused by humans.
From human rights to existential threats like global warming and the loss of bio-diversity, as well kitchen table issues like income inequality and food security, progressive forces are aligning on the right side of history as they oppose both the global elite and the populist provincialism of far-right groups.
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