global temperatures

2017: the warmest year on record without an El Niño

Data from the Met Office Hadley Centre and the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit for global average near-surface temperatures confirm that 2017 was the warmest year on record without the influence of warming from El Niño.

Last year was the second or third warmest year for annual global temperatures since 1850, after 2015 and 2016 both of which were dominated by a significant El Niño.

Mount Agung and its potential global impacts

Since mid-November, Mount Agung on the Indonesian Island of Bali has been emitting steam and ash, lava is visible in the crater and rivers of mud have been flowing down its sides.  However, Agung is capable of a much more explosive eruption, which would have a much greater impact both locally and globally. The more explosive the eruption, the higher the volcanic ash, sulphur gases and other debris is pushed into the atmosphere. Agung last erupted in 1963, having been dormant for over a century.