Not much snow, peaks of 19 degrees Celsius in Norway and even 28 degrees in France: official data confirms the anomalously high temperatures of this past winter.
2016 was the hottest year on record, according to NASA and NOAA
Scientists have confirmed record-breaking heat for third year in a row and warn that the effects of climate change on people are coming sooner and with more ferocity than expected.
2016 broke yet another record: it was the hottest year since measurements began in 1880. After 2014 and 2015, it was the third year in a row that registered record temperatures. 2016 was 0.87 degrees warmer than the average of the 1880-2015 period and 1.1 degrees warmer than pre-industrial levels (19th century).
2016 was the hottest year, again
“2016 is Earth’s warmest year, culminating in a remarkable 3-year streak of record warm years for the globe,” writes NOAA (National Centres for Environmental Information). “The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for 2016 was the highest among all years since record keeping began in 1880. During the final month, the December combined global land and ocean average surface temperature was the third highest for December in the 137-year record”. NASA and NOAA scientists warn that temperatures are achieving levels that could threaten our civilisation.
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“Considering that 2016 saw CO2 levels permanently above 40ppm for the first time (after millions of years!), extreme global warming is no surprise,” said Professor Konrad Steffen of the Arctic Basecamp initiative from the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos.
Professor Gail Whiteman added: “Leaders must know that a changing Arctic is the clearest sign of the ongoing climate change. The risks facing the industrial world, insurance, and agriculture will directly affect out lifestyle”.
A spotlight on Licypriya Kangujam, the eight-year-old Indian climate change activist raising her voice against climate change inaction and whose tireless campaigning has even led two Indian states to adopt climate change as a school subject.
Ocean warming has risen to record highs over the last five years: just in 2019 the heat released into the world’s oceans was equivalent to that of 5-6 atomic bombs per second. The culprit, no doubt, is climate change.
What did Greta Thunberg tell participants at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos? Once again, the Swedish activist underlined the total lack of concrete solutions to the climate crisis presented by leaders so far.
The list of human and animal victims of the Australia wildfires keeps growing – one species might already have gone extinct – as the smoke even reaches South America.
Kivalina is located on a small island once guarded by sea ice, which is now melting due to global warming. While the sea threatens to wipe the village off the face of the Earth, its inhabitants refuse to give up their lives and traditions.
Thanks to activists, the voice of the world’s peoples resounded through the COP25 like an alarm bell. Governments didn’t reach the results they demanded, but their cries and messages were stronger than ever, reaching even those who weren’t in Madrid.
Climate change poses a risk for millions. However, women are the most vulnerable to its negative consequences: a few simple considerations by the Italian Climate Network help us perceive the global implications of this.
The COP25 ended two days late and with very few steps ahead made. Climate negotiations in 2020 will be an uphill battle as political will clearly seems to be lacking, once again.