The Guardian lists The 12 key science moments of 2016.
- World Health Organisation declares a public emergency of international concern over Zika
- SpaceX demonstrates a big step towards fully reusable space craft
- Portugal is entirely powered by renewable energy for four days
- New reserves of helium discovered
- Confirmation of the discovery of a nearby habitable planet
- Our last universal common ancestor gets a makeover
- The legacy of a celebrated neuroscientist is contested
- Greenland sharks live for a very long time
- CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere passes 400 parts per million
- A bad marriage can lead to an early death
- Arctic and Antarctic sea ice volumes both fall to an all-time low
- Scientists modify photosynthesis to boost crop yield
Then again, Michael Mann wrote in the Washington Post, I’m a scientist who has gotten death threats. I fear what may happen under Trump.
Also, The Arctic could end a year of record-breaking temperatures with a heat wave. “In a year of record-high temperatures and record-low sea ice, the Arctic appears poised to witness another frightening scenario: temperatures at the North Pole so high that they might even swing above freezing, something not typically seen until May.”