What do these three things have in common: the Earth’s temperature, waste from plastic products and velociraptors?
Answer: not much. Except they were all recently in the news and all are really interesting, or disturbing, depending on your point of view.
First: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, declared the first six months of 2017 the second warmest on record, just behind 2016’s all-time record. Why is this news? Because climate scientists had expected temperatures to cool down, and they haven’t much.