The European Union’s climate service has reported that global warming has exceeded the critical threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5C) for an entire year, marking a significant milestone in the battle against climate change.
This breach of the 1.5C limit, established in the landmark Paris Agreement of 2015, underscores the pressing need for immediate and decisive action to curb carbon emissions and mitigate the escalating impacts of climate change.
While this breach does not invalidate the Paris Agreement, it does emphasize the urgency of efforts to limit long-term temperature rise.
Scientists warn that continued inaction could lead to more severe consequences, including intensified heatwaves, rising sea levels, and loss of biodiversity.
Professor Liz Bentley, Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society, described the breach as “significant” and emphasized the importance of addressing it promptly.
She reiterated that despite this setback, there is still hope if decisive measures are taken.
The 1.5C warming limit has become a critical target in global efforts to combat climate change, as outlined in a seminal UN report in 2018.
The report highlighted the stark difference in risks between a 1.5C and 2C temperature increase, with the latter posing substantially greater threats to the planet’s ecosystems and human well-being.
Data from the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service reveals a worrying trend, with temperatures continuing to rise at an alarming rate.
The period from February 2023 to January 2024 recorded a temperature increase of 1.52C, further underscoring the need for immediate and concerted action to address the climate crisis.
As world leaders grapple with the implications of this unprecedented breach, the imperative to accelerate efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to renewable energy sources has never been clearer.
The window of opportunity to avert the most catastrophic effects of climate change is narrowing, demanding bold and decisive action on a global scale.
Source: ZNBC Today