Today is Penguin Awareness Day! How well penguins are doing is thought to be an indicator of climate change. But they are not the only creatures affected by the slowy changing climate:

“New government figures for the global climate show that 2010 was the wettest year in the historical record, and it tied 2005 as the hottest year since record-keeping began in 1880. 

“The new figures confirm that 2010 will go down as one of the more remarkable years in the annals of climatology. It featured prodigious snowstorms that broke seasonal records in the United States and Europe; a record-shattering summer heat wave that scorched Russia; strong floods that drove people from their homes in places like Pakistan, Australia, California and Tennessee; a severe die-off of coral reefs; and a continuation in the global trend of a warming climate. (…)” wrote Justin Gillis in the New York Times from January 12.

 You can read the whole article here.