27. January 2022

The past seven years were the hottest on record, a new climate report shows


The past seven years have been the seven warmest on document and 2021 was the fifth hottest, in keeping with new information launched by a main climate change authority.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service report additionally confirmed the world has already warmed between 1.1 and 1.3 levels above pre-industrial ranges, confirming the evaluation printed by the United Nations’ chief climate physique final yr.

A mountain near Limni village on the island of Evia, about 160 kilometres north of Athens, on fire last year as Greece grappled with its worst heatwave in decades.

A mountain close to Limni village on the island of Evia, about 160 kilometres north of Athens, on hearth final yr as Greece grappled with its worst heatwave in many years. Credit:AP

It discovered the excessive temperatures got here regardless of the La Nina climate sample which prompted beneath common temperatures in Australia, elements of Siberia and the central and jap Pacific.

A preliminary examine of satellite tv for pc information by Copernicus, which supplies climate information to the European Union, discovered that greenhouse gasoline emissions continued to rise regardless of the financial slowdown attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Carbon dioxide ranges reached an annual world document of roughly 414 elements per million and methane an annual document of roughly 1876 elements per billion.

Carbon emissions from wildfires worldwide amounted total to 1850 megatonnes, particularly fuelled by fires in Siberia, Copernicus discovered.

“This confirms what we already know. The IPCC sixth assessment reported a 1.2C increase by 2020. This EU data provides further confirmation the earth is warming at an increasing rate,” mentioned Professor Will Steffen, a climate skilled and councillor with the Climate Council in response to the findings.

“It’s a common misconception that the pandemic has caused a significant drop in emissions, it’s simply not true. [There] was in fact a small drop but rebounded very strongly in 2021 and nearly reached pre-pandemic levels in only 12 months.

Professor Steffen said it was disappointing the Australian government was supporting new gas infrastructures, such as a $600 million Kurri Kurri plant in NSW.


“We have seen extraordinary climate-induced disasters in the past few years, like intense floods in Europe and heatwaves all throughout the northern hemisphere. Rising temperatures are contributing to more energy in the atmosphere and that means heatwaves will get worse,” he mentioned.

“A warmer atmosphere holds more water vapour and for every degree of temperature rise, it stacks the odds for heavier rainfall. All of this contributes to more flooding, like we’re currently seeing in Queensland.

“If we continue on this path of digging up and burning fossil fuels, I think we’ll miss the target of limiting warming to 1.5C. Currently we’re on track for well beyond 2C.”

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