The record 2016 temperatures from El Niño caused horrific draughts in Ethiopia, cyclones in Fiji, record rain and snowfall in the US, and history's worst coral reef die-off. Some scientists say it's already too late to stop global warming, however, there must be a concerted effort to try to prevent this brief spike from becoming a permanent reality.
While climate change is an urgent issue, journalists and activists have an obligation to separate the facts from fiction and describe environmental problems honestly and accurately. The catastrophic framing of climate change does far more harm than good, not only by impacting the mental health of our youth, but by alienating and polarizing large portions of the population and distracting from other important issues. Climate alarmism must be taken with a grain of salt.
There's an 85% chance there will be at least 2˚C of global warming by 2100, according to the Metaculus prediction community.