It’s official: we’ve just had our hottest year on record. Again.

Data released yesterday by the UK Met Office shows last year was the warmest since records began in 1850 — and it’s predicted that 2016 will smash that record for the third year running.

“Global mean temperatures reached 1 degree C above pre-industrial levels for the first time [in 2015], and the year’s average global temperature was the highest ever recorded,” according to Peter Stott, head of climate monitoring at the agency.

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While Crikey celebrates the fact that Australia no longer has a prime minister who thinks climate change is “crap”, we don’t think it’s enough for Malcolm Turnbull to merely believe in the importance of climate action — he also has to actually act on it.

He’s had four months to settle in to the top job; he’s been invited to the White House. It’s now time for Turnbull to stand up to his party’s old guard of climate sceptics (we’ve compiled a handy list of the Coalition’s dinosaurs here) and dump his government’s woefully inadequate Direct Action policy.

The science is in; the climate is now in “uncharted territory”, according to experts. The Turnbull government must act urgently to curb carbon emissions. If not now, when?

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Peter Fray
Peter Fray
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