Last Month Was Hottest January On Record: US Climate Service
Umer Jamshaid 12 days ago Fri 14th February 2020 | 10:00 AM
Land and ocean surface temperatures surpassed the 20th century January average of 53.6 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius) by 2.05 degrees, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.
Arctic sea ice coverage in January was 5.3 percent below the 1981-2010 average, while Antarctic coverage was 9.8 percent below.
Scientists agree overwhelmingly that manmade greenhouse gas emissions are a significant cause of the planetary warming we are currently experiencing.
The United Nations said last year these need to tumble 7.6 percent annually over the next decade to cap global warming at 1.5 C (2.7 F)above preindustrial levels, the aspirational goal set in the landmark Paris Agreement.
Current pledges to cut emissions put Earth on a path of several degrees of warming by the end of the century, which will make large swaths of the planet inhospitable for humans and many other species.