World temperatures go above 1.5 C warming limit for a full year, EU scientists say

By Emilio Morenatti
The Associated Press in CBC News
February 8, 2024
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The world just experienced its hottest January on record, but that wasn’t the only new record it set, the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said. For the first time, the global temperature pushed past the internationally agreed upon warming threshold for an entire 12-month period, with February 2023 to January 2024, running 1.52 C. …Despite exceeding 1.5 C in a 12-month period, the world has not yet breached the Paris Agreement target, which refers to an average global temperature over decades. …The El Niño weather phenomenon, which warms the surface waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean, did push temperatures higher. But Buonotempo said it wasn’t the primary driver of the record temperatures. …U.S. scientists have said 2024 has a one-in-three chance of being even hotter than last year, and a 99 per cent chance of ranking in the top five warmest years.

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