Temperatures on Earth have surpassed the critical warming threshold for the first time

Last Friday, November 17, the average air temperature on Earth for the first time rose above the critical threshold of +2°C relative to pre-industrial levels. In absolute numbers, the figure is +2.06°C. This was announced on the social network X (formerly Twitter) by Samantha Burgess, deputy director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (Copernicus).

According to scientists, on November 17 the temperature exceeded the 1991-2020 average by 1.17°C. As a result, this day became the hottest November 17th on record.

For now, scientists advise not to panic: the temperature rose above the critical threshold only for a short time, writes CNN. The world is not yet in a situation where it is extremely difficult or even impossible to influence climate change. In addition, the Copernicus data is preliminary; experts will need several weeks to confirm it.

But this “outburst,” according to Burgess, should be taken as a symptom of the fact that the planet is getting hotter and hotter.

Shortly before this, climatologists from the British University of Leeds also recorded record rates of warming – more than 0.2 °C for the period from 2013 to 2022. Researchers predict that Earth’s surface temperature could rise 2.7°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100, pushing more than 2 billion people, or 22% of the world’s projected population, beyond the climate comfort zone.

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