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Pacific Ocean shift could see 1.5C limit breached within a decade

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Civil Society Protests at COP21, Paris Credit: Takver/Flickr

Global average temperatures could pass 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels within the next decade, new projections suggest

May 8, 2017 — The timing of when we actually hit the 1.5°C threshold will depend heavily on a natural cycle in the Pacific Ocean, the study finds, which can either dampen or accelerate global temperature rise. Continue reading Pacific Ocean shift could see 1.5C limit breached within a decade

World’s major climate agencies confirm 2016 as hottest year on record

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Delicate arch trail, US

Last year was the warmest year in recorded history, scientists confirmed today. With global temperatures topping 1°C above preindustrial times, the world has now experienced three consecutive record-warm years for the first time since records began

January 19, 2017 — The long-term warming trend from greenhouse gas emissions received an extra boost from the tail-end of a strong El Niño but 2016 would have been a record even without it, say scientists. Continue reading World’s major climate agencies confirm 2016 as hottest year on record

Intense heatwaves could become ‘annual events’ by 2075

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Researchers warn that more areas of the world will swelter more often in potentially lethal heatwaves unless greenhouse gas emissions are drastically curtailed

March 4, 2016 — Heatwaves that used to arrive once every 20 years or so could become annual events by 2075 across almost two-thirds of the planet’s land surface – if humans go on burning ever more fossil fuels and releasing ever more greenhouse gases.

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