Just in case you’re still not sure that the climate is behaving a little strangely, in 2011:

  • Greenhouse gases rose to record levels;
  • Temperatures were the 11th highest ever recorded;
  • The Arctic Sea ice melt almost equalled the 2007 record;
  • The world had its 300th consecutive month of above average temperatures;
  • North America experienced massive flooding of the Mississippi and Missouri;
  • Australia experienced floods which covered an area larger than France and Germany combined;
  • Floods in Thailand claimed 730 lives;
  • The United States was hit by 1,600 tornadoes in six months;
  • North China’s worst drought in 60 years continued;
  • Somalia and the Horn of Africa experienced their worst drought in 60 years;
  • Texas experienced a drought estimated to have killed between 100 and 500 million trees;
  • Austin, Texas, had 90 days of temperatures above 100°F – 27 of them consecutively.;
  • Much of Northern Europe had its driest year on record, with the Danube at its lowest level for 60 years;
  • In January and February, major earthquakes hit Argentina, Chile, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tonga, Burma, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Sulawesi, Fiji and New Zealand;
  • And, of course, a tsunami hit Japan killing 15,500 people and causing meltdowns of three nuclear reactors.