2021 ranks as fifth hottest year on record as global greenhouse gas emissions rise

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  • The past seven years have been the warmest on record as the world’s climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to a new report.
  • Human-caused climate change is widely viewed by scientists as contributing to worsening disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires and heatwaves.
  • The previous year was 0.3 °C above the period’s average between 1991 and 2020, and between 1.1 and 1.2 °C above the pre-industrial era average.

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The past seven years have been the warmest on record, according to a report released on Monday, ranking 2021 as the fifth warmest year as the world continues to increase climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Annual Findings by Copernicus Climate Change Service, an intergovernmental agency that supports European climate policy, shows a continued upward trend in temperatures as fossil fuel emissions trap more heat in the atmosphere.

“2021 was another year of extreme temperatures with the hottest summer in Europe, heat waves across the Mediterranean, not to mention unprecedented high temperatures in North America,” said Copernicus service director Carlo Buontempo.

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Human-caused climate change has fueled warmer temperatures and drier conditions around the world, and is widely seen by scientists as contributing to worsening disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires and heatwaves.

Last year also kicked off with the United Nations Global Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, which resulted in an agreement between nearly 200 countries to accelerate the fight against climate change and tough climate pledges.

Despite new pledges on methane gas pollution, deforestation and coal funding, among other things, scientists and legal experts have argued that mere incremental progress resulting from the summit is insufficient to address the severity of the crisis.

Some parts of the world warmed more than others last year. For example, Europe experienced extreme heat with intense heat waves in the Mediterranean and flooding in Central Europe. The 10 warmest years for Europe have occurred since 2000 and the seven warmest years were all between 2014 and 2020.

In North America, a severe June break broke the maximum temperature record and resulted in the hottest June ever recorded for the continent, the agency said.

Extremely dry conditions during July and August also increased wildfires, particularly in several Canadian provinces and the US West. The Dixie Fire became the second largest fire in California history, burning nearly 1 million acres and resulting in poor air quality for thousands of people across the country.

“These events are a stark reminder of the need to change our ways, to take decisive and effective steps towards a sustainable society, and to work towards reducing net carbon emissions,” Buontempo said.

According to the agency, last year was 0.3 degrees Celsius above the period’s average between 1991 and 2020, and between 1.1 and 1.2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial period’s average between 1850 and 1900.

By keeping global temperatures above 1.5 degrees Celsius – the level set by the 2015 Paris Agreement, which scientists say will avert the worst effects of climate change – the world will need to cut greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half within the next decade and net- will need to reach zero emissions. 2050, According to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

According to a scientific data tracker, the world is on track to experience a 2.4 degree Celsius rise in temperature by the end of the century.

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