World could soon hit temperature limit

World could soon hit temperature limit, scientists warn

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • The world could soon hit its temperature limit, according to a new study.
  • The World Meteorological Organization reports a 40 percent chance that by 2025, the world could see an average global temperature increase of 34.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius) from Industrial times.
  • That is dangerously close to what the Paris Agreement has stated: an increase of below 2 degrees Celsius as a benchmark to avoid climate change’s catastrophic long-term effects.

Scientists have warned that the world could likely go beyond its temperature limit in the next five years.

A report from the World Meteorological Organization states a 40 percent chance that by 2025, the average global temperature could go 34.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius) higher than at the start of the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s.

The Paris Agreement has stated an increase of below 2 degrees Celsius as a benchmark to avoid climate change’s catastrophic long-term effects.

“A single year hitting 1.5C therefore doesn’t mean the Paris limits are breached, but is nevertheless very bad news,” climate scientist Joeri Rogelj of Imperial College London explained.

“It tells us once again that climate action to date is wholly insufficient and emissions need to be reduced urgently to zero to halt global warming,” Rogelj told the BBC.

Climate scientist Randall Cerveny of Arizona State University told NPR that there has been an “accelerating change in our climate” that continued despite the decrease in travel and industry amid the pandemic.

According to an NPR report, the world is already 1.2 degrees Celsius warmer than pre-Industrial times. By the end of 2025, there’s a 90 percent chance that we would see yet another record for the hottest year, scientists warned.

WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas called the findings “yet another wakeup call that the world needs to fast-track commitments to slash greenhouse gas emissions and achieve carbon neutrality.”

 

Source: New York Post

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