8th December - Today's News: Record UK Warmth

For the second year running we saw the UK date maximum temperature date record broken yesterday with 17.0c in Harwarden - the previous record set last year was 16.4c in Gogerddan, West Wales.  And in Northern Ireland the warmest December day since 1994 recorded.    The highest temperature ever recorded in the whole UK in December though was 18.3c in 1948 

Is mining to blame for the drought in Bolivia?  No. The drought is caused by a lack of rain!   But mining activities do use a lot of water that could otherwise help allieviate the effects of the drought.

Is Greenland on thin ice?  Not least because most of Greenland ice melted to bedrock in recent geologic past, says study

 The first photos from Cassini Saturn probe's new orbit show the planet's "hexagonal storm" in good detail

And in a move that's akin to putting a drunk in charge of the wine cellar, Trump picks climate sceptic Pruitt for environment chief


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