The world’s recent run of record-breaking temperatures continued into February, smashing previous monthly records by an unprecedented amount.
New data from NASA shows global surface temperatures across land and ocean were 1.35DegC above the February average – based on a 1951-1980 baseline.
2016 is already forecast to be the hottest year on record, and as extreme weather events continue to hit communities across the globe, scientists are becoming more certain than ever of human’s role in increasing the magnitude and probability of many of these climate change-related events.
Coming just weeks before governments meet in New York, where they are expected to sign the landmark climate agreement reached in Paris last December, these latest findings offer yet another stark warning of the urgency to turn their Paris pledges into definitive actions.
- The impacts of rising temperatures are leaving no one untouched. From floods and storms, to droughts and heatwaves, extreme weather events continue to hit countries across the globe, and new analysis shows man-made climate change is worsening the gravity ofsuch events. The chances of such incidents are higher than ever before, bringing an even bigger toll on people and communities, with thepoorest and most vulnerable bearing the brunt.
- This global challenge needs an urgent global solution. Comprising a goal to hold global temperature rise below 1.5DegC, the Paris Agreement was a clear, collective acknowledgement of the growing threat of climate change. With 2015 witnessing the biggest yearly jump in global CO2 levels ever recorded, governments can only hope to secure a future free from the ravages of climate change by urgently implementing the Paris deal and increasing their own ambition in line with its aims.
- The first step; ending our fossil fuel addiction in favour of renewables. To have a chance at limiting warming, the vast majority of fossil fuels have to be left in the ground, and this spring, concerned citizens will be collectively calling for an end to the fossil fuel era. As investors flee fossil fuels and renewables boom, further speeding up this transition will not only slash emissions and protect communities, but improve health and create jobs.