Global temperatures have surpassed the critical 1.5-degree Celsius threshold for the fourth time in nine years. The increase, recorded in early June, is anticipated to be temporary, similar to occurrences in 2015, 2016, and 2020.
Scientists are cautioning that the growing frequency of temperature exceedance is a troubling sign that predictions of a permanent rise are transforming into reality. Monitoring and taking heed of these exceedances have become more vital than ever, according to experts.
The landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, signed by nearly all nations worldwide, established the 1.5-degree limit as the maximum level beyond which global average temperature rise should not surpass.
Beyond this threshold, the consequences of climate change, including sea-level rise and extreme weather events, are projected to intensify and become increasingly challenging to cope with.
The spike in temperatures was observed and recorded by the European Union’s Copernicus climate change observation service.
This service has been meticulously tracing global temperature fluctuations since 1940, referred to as ERA5. Notably, no breaches of the 1.5-degree threshold were documented prior to 2014.
As concerns mount over the repeated breaches of the 1.5-degree threshold, the urgency to address climate change and take decisive actions to mitigate its impacts grows.
The findings underscore the importance of global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition towards sustainable practices to curb the escalation of temperature rise and its associated consequences.