The year of the coronavirus − the year of global lockdown − meant a record fall in emissions of the greenhouse gases that drive global warming: by December there had been 34 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel combustion worldwide, a fall of 7% compared with 2019, according to a new study. If governments followed the economic shutdown with what the UN calls a “green pandemic recovery”, then by 2030 greenhouse gas emissions could fall by up to 25%. That remains a “big if.” Right now the planet is heading towards an end-of-century average temperature rise of a calamitous 3°C, according to a second report.
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‘1.5C to stay alive’: Is the Paris Agreement’s most optimistic climate target still within reach? Today, global average temperatures are already around 1.2C above pre-industrial levels. And current policies from world leaders would put us on a path to around 3C of warming by the end of the century. Analysis by Dr Hausfather for the climate website Carbon Brief last week found that, according to projections from the latest models, the world might first exceed 1.5C between 2026 and 2042 if little is done to tackle emissions, and between 2026 and 2057 if stringent actions are taken to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
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A LANDMARK study led by the University of Aberdeen has provided the clearest ever picture of ancient weather patterns in Europe – and could improve models used to predict how climate change will affect the continent in future. In the biggest study of its type, a network of European scientists from eight universities analysed a wealth of data on ancient glacial deposits that were used to reconstruct 3D models of the glaciers themselves.
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