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Which is why sometimes it’s good to pull back and reflect on the big picture. And no surprises here: in 2019, for the most part, that picture was bleak.
But for all the overwhelmingly bad news, there were also some really powerful and momentous moments of action and progress that are worth remembering.
Each week at ScienceAlert we wrap up the biggest science news story of the past seven days in an infographic shared across our social platforms – if you’re not familiar with This Week in Science, you can check out the back catalogue here.
This weekly picture was our way of cutting through the noise and showing what science had achieved in just seven short days, in a format people could easily share with their friends.
When making our special end of year wrap-up version, we couldn’t help but notice that the vast majority of the ‘most important’ and world-shifting announcements in 2019 were to do with climate science. We’re not the first to remark this, but it really was a turning point for climate change – in both the positive and negative sense of the word.
To make sure these huge, literally world-changing stories don’t get lost in the fake news and Twitter shouting matches of the past year, we created a special climate-themed This Year in Science.
Here are the climate stories we felt were the most note-worthy of the past 12 months: