On Friday, November 17, the Earth’s temperature briefly exceeded a critical mark, which could have catastrophic and irreversible consequences for the planet and its ecosystems.
These data made public prominent climatologist, deputy director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service in Europe, Samantha Burgess, writes CNN.
According to her, the temperature was 2.06°C higher than between 1850 and 1900, when people did not start burning fossil fuels on a large scale, thereby changing the Earth’s natural climate.
“It was the first day that the global temperature was more than 2.06°C warmer than the 1850-1900 level,” she wrote.
|Infographic from Samantha Burgess’ X profile|
At the same time, the fact that the temperature was 2.06°C above the level of the so-called pre-industrial period for a certain time does not mean that the world is in a constant state of warming by more than 2°C, Burgess added
However, the crossing of this division is already a sign that the planet is getting warmer and the processes on Earth are moving towards the irreversibility of the consequences of the climate crisis.
The fact that on November 17, the global temperature was on average 1.17°C higher than the 1991-2020 level, making this the warmest day on record, Burgess said.
|November 17 became the warmest day in the entire history of observations|
The Copernicus data is preliminary and will take weeks to confirm with real-life observations, CNN said.
We will remind you that earlier we wrote that this year another thermal record was recorded in Kyiv – the longest period without frost.
In addition, the scientist, who in the 1980s was the first to draw the world’s attention to the greenhouse effect, warned that global warming has accelerated and humanity is in the early stages of a climate emergency.
A study by the British Antarctic Survey suggests that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet will continue to melt regardless of how much the world cuts the emissions that are causing the planet to heat up.
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