January 2024 Breaks Warmth Records, Confirms European Climate Agency

January 2024 Breaks Warmth Records

January 2024 Breaks Warmth Records: According to the European Climate Agency, January of this year was the hottest on record around the world. The global mean temperature for the past 12 months has been above 1.5 degrees Celsius.

However, this does not mean that the 1.5-degree Celsius limit set by the Paris deal has been permanently broken. This limit only applies to long-term warming over many years.

January 2024 Breaks Warmth Records, Confirms European Climate Agency

Not since June of last year has any given month been warmer than any other on record.

Experts say that the unusual warming is a mix of El Niño, a time when the top waters in the central Pacific Ocean warm up more than usual, and climate change caused by humans.

In January, the average temperature around the world was 1.66 degrees Celsius higher than the average temperature in January from 1850 to 1900, which is known as the “pre-industrial reference period.”

C3S said that January 2024 had an average temperature of 13.14 degrees Celsius, which was 0.12 degrees Celsius warmer than January 2020, which was the hottest January on record.

It was the hottest year on record, from February 2023 to January 2024, according to scientists at C3S. The worldwide mean temperature was 1.52 degrees Celsius higher than the pre-industrial average for the years 1850–1900.

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Countries decided in Paris in 2015 to keep the average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and ideally to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to levels seen before industrialization (1850–1900), so that climate impacts wouldn’t get worse.

Several studies say that the world is very far from meeting its goal of keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In order to reach this goal, all countries must work together to cut their output of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane by 43% by 2030.

Deputy Director of C3S Samantha Burgess said, ”2024 starts with another record-breaking month — not only is it the warmest January on record but we have also just experienced a 12-month period of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial reference period”. ”Rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are the only way to stop global temperatures from increasing.” The average rise in world temperature since pre-industrial levels was close to 1.5 degrees Celsius in 2023, making it the warmest year ever recorded.

It was said by the World Meteorological Organization in December that 2024 might be worse because “El Nino typically has the greatest impact on global temperature after it peaks.”