Global Warming Surpasses 1.5°C Threshold for Entire Year, EU Climate Service Reports

For the first time, the global average temperature has surpassed the 1.5°C threshold for an entire year, according to the European Union’s climate monitoring service, Copernicus. The temperature increase reached 1.52 degrees between February 2023 and January 2024, indicating a critical juncture in climate change as world leaders had previously committed to limit warming to this threshold to mitigate severe impacts on ecosystems and human societies.

  • The global average temperature has exceeded the 1.5°C mark for an entire year, reaching 1.52 degrees from February 2023 to January 2024.
  • The 1.5°C threshold is significant as it is believed staying below this limit will reduce the worst impacts on ecosystems and human food systems.
  • Despite international commitments like the Paris Agreement in 2015, the world is witnessing the effects of climate change, including extreme weather events.
  • Examples of climate impacts include the UK’s extreme heat in 2022, flooding in Pakistan, drought in the Horn of Africa, and wildfires in Canada and Australia.
  • Some positive actions have been taken, such as the United States’ Inflation Reduction Act and China’s investment in renewable energy production.
  • Increased climate action is needed to address the ongoing challenges, with the opportunity to build a greener economy and a fairer society.
  • The effects of climate change disproportionately impact the poorest communities globally and within the UK.

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