We will very likely regard 2016 as a year of climatic and political extremes. Personally I find the surge in atmospheric CO2 – momentarily roughly 5 ppm higher on 1 January 2017 than on the same day a year earlier – remarkable and worrisome but I think most of us, as we look carefully at many facets of the climate system, will admit to surprises in 2016. Whatever our political views and across our wide range of expertise, I suspect we share and resonate with a general sense of uncertainty as the new normal.
What should we anticipate for 2017?
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