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Global warming may be picking up again after a slowdown dating back to 1998. According to scientists, 2015 was the hottest year since such data collection began in 1880. It was 0.90 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average. The previous record was in 2014, posting a rise of 0.16 degrees Celsius last year.
India was particularly hit hard, with the second-worst heat wave in its history. The strong El Nino weather pattern continuing into 2016 means there’s a chance it will be as bad or worse.
All this makes climate-change deniers, a persistent lot, look foolish. World leaders and governments who have ostensibly cooperated on the issue haven’t done too well either. The Paris climate agreement, for all the praise it garnered, failed to address the problem on the scale it required. Worse, developing economies like India have come out of it second-best. And it is they who will pay the highest price for climate change.