For the first time, global warming has exceeded 1.5°C in an entire year, according to the European Union climate service.
world leaders they promised in 2015 aim to limit long-term temperature rise to 1.5°C, which is considered crucial to help avoid the most damaging impacts.
This first one-year default does not break that historic “Paris agreement,” but it brings the world closer to doing so in the long term.
Urgent action to reduce carbon emissions, scientists say can still slow down warming.
“This far exceeds anything that is acceptable“Professor Sir Bob Watson, former president of the UN climate body, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
Everything that happened with 1.5°C more
“Look what happened this year with only 1.5°C: we have seen floods, we have seen droughts, we have seen heat waves and forest fires around the world, and we are starting to see lower agricultural productivity and some problems with water. quality and quantity.”
The period between February 2023 and January 2024 reached 1.52°C of warming, according to the EU Copernicus Climate Change Service. The graph below shows how it compares to previous years.
With information from the BBC