"This is not about one year, it is about the trend": Rockström on record warm 2020

 
01/08/2021 - Today, the EU Copernicus Climate Change Service informs that 2020 is the warmest year on record for Europe - globally, 2020 ties with 2016 for warmest year recorded. On this issue, Earth system scientist Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research:
"This is not about one year, it is about the trend": Rockström on record warm 2020
Air temperature at a height of two metres for 2020, shown relative to its 1981–2010 average. (Source and graphic: ERA5. Credit: Copernicus Climate Change Service/ECMWF)

"This is not about one year being record warm - it is about the warming trend due to greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. We look back on a terribly warm decade, with a terrible number of extreme events linked to that warming: droughts in the USA, wildfires in Australia, and the list goes on. The science is clear that we put our very life support systems at risk by heating our planet - never before in the history of human civilization have we had such warming. While annual temperatures can fluctuate, the dangerous warming trend will continue unless we rapidly reduce our CO2 emissions. We can do this, but we have to start doing it now."

Read the press release by the EU Copernicus Climate Change Service:

Copernicus: 2020 warmest year on record for Europe; globally

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