For eight consecutive months until January, the Land set a new record for high temperaturesaccording to the European climate agency.
This was evident in the north of USAwhere about 1,000 people came out to play golf in Minnesotaa state that this year received less snow than usual and in which its residents speak of the “lost winter of 2023-24″.
The global temperature crossed the threshold for the first time heating internationally agreed upon for an entire 12-month period.
Between February 2023 and January 2024the temperatures were 1.52 degrees Celsius higher than pre-industrial levels, according to the European Space Agency Copernicus Climate Change Service. It is the highest global average temperature for a 12-month period on record, Copernicus reported.
The planet has hit new heat records every month since last June.
January 2024 broke the previous 2020 mark for the hottest first month of the year by 0.12ºCand the temperature was 1.66ºC higher than at the end of the 19th century, the temperature parameter before humanity began to consume fossil fuels.
Although heat reached historic levels during January, the level above the norm was lower than in the last six months, according to Copernicus data.
Climatologists attribute the historic high temperatures to a combination of warming caused by the consumption of fossil fuels by the human being and the presence of The boya natural but temporary warming of parts of the Pacific, and say the presence of greenhouse gases plays a much larger role than nature.
This is the time of year when warming The boy usually reaches its highest point, he said Andrew Desslerclimatologist of the Texas A&M University.
“This is disturbing and, at the same time, it is not. “After all, if you stick your finger in an outlet and get shocked, it’s certainly bad news, but what did you expect?” Dessler said.
The fact that the planet has surpassed the warming threshold 1.5 degrees over 12 months is not what scientists are talking about when they talk about reaching the 1.5 degree warming limit, said Natalie Mahowald, a climatologist at the Cornell University and co-author of a scientific report United Nations about the risks of exceeding 1.5 degrees.
That threshold, implemented in the 2015 Paris climate agreement, refers to averages over 30 years.
“This goes far beyond numbers, ranges and records… it translates into real effects on our farms, families and communities due to unprecedented heat, changes in growing seasons and rising sea levels,” said Kathie Dello, a climatologist at North Carolina State University.
(The Associated Press)