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2016 is shattering temperature records

January was 1.13°C hotter than normal. It doesn't look great.

Doom! The world is doomed! Temperature is spiraling out of control. Ok, now that we've got this melodrama out of our system, it still doesn't look too great. January 2016 crushed records with the largest anomaly in temperature ever recorded since records began in 1880. January was 1.13°C hotter than normal. Only 3 times in history has a month been over 1°C.

Just when we thought it couldn't get worse, climate experts revealed that February was the warmest month in recorded history confirming, as the Guardian put it " unprecedented heating of our world is now under way."

The temperature increase across the globe, but the biggest impact was in the arctic, where it was as much as 12.9°C higher than normal. Arctic sea ice was, unsurprisingly, at an all time low for this time of year.

Areas in red on this graph were far, far hotter than they should have been in January.

It's fair to say that the world is getting decidedly toasty. But all is not lost.

Stabilising climate change is achievable and although it wasn't a perfect agreement, the Paris summit in December 2015 showed that there is an increasing global consensus that we're heading in the wrong direction terrifyingly fast.

The question then becomes what can individuals do on a small scale to have an impact.

We need to work hard to reduce usage at an individual level. And obviously we're somewhat biased, but surely spreading the message that renewable energy is something that is affordable and not a niche consumer area is vital if we are going to reach a point where the world population's energy consumption is more future focussed.

You know what they say... if you can't take the heat, get out of the... oh no wait. That doesn't work. We can't leave. We have to try and fix this, and renewables hold the key.