Monday, January 24

Climate change: the world is at risk of reaching a temperature limit soon

  • David Shukman
  • Science Editor, BBC News

Drought-cracked land next to a river

Image source, Reuters


Even with recent promises to cut emissions, the world is on track to warm by as much as 3 ° C.

It is increasingly likely that a key global temperature limit will be reached in one of the next five years.

A new study shows that by 2025 there is a 40% chance that at least one year will be 1.5 ° C warmer than the pre-industrial temperature level.

That’s the lower of the two temperature limits set by the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The study, published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), is based on models from the UK Met Office and involved researchers in 10 countries, including the United States and China.

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