The climate crisis continued unabated in 2020, with the joint highest global temperatures on record, alarming heat and record wildfires in the Arctic, and a record 29 tropical storms in the Atlantic. Despite a 7% fall in fossil fuel burning due to coronavirus lockdowns, heat-trapping carbon dioxide continued to build up in the atmosphere, also setting a new record. The average surface temperature across the planet in 2020 was 1.25C higher than in the pre-industrial period of 1850-1900, dangerously close to the 1.5C target set by the world’s nations to avoid the worst impacts. Only 2016 matched the heat in 2020, but that year saw a natural El Niño climate event which boosts temperatures. Without that it is likely 2020 would have been the outright hottest year. Scientists have warned that without urgent action the future for many millions of people “looks black”.
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Scientists expect carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere this year to be 50 per cent higher than those logged before the Industrial Revolution, in what scientists say is a “grim milestone” for the planet. The concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere continued to rise throughout 2020 despite the pandemic, the Met Office said, and will reach a new high in 2021.
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Cattle could play a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and restoring biodiversity in Britain, according to a new study. Beef production globally has an outsize role as a “climate villain”, with livestock accounting for around 14 per cent of overall emissions. But grazing beef herds in the UK can help to displace GHG emissions from synthetic fertiliser as well as contribute to soil carbon sequestration, thanks to the extent of British grasslands, the study from the Food, Farming and Countryside Commissions says.
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Tomorrow’s metropolises will feel the heat: by the close of the century, assuming that nations act on vows to drastically reduce fossil fuel use, hotter cities − on average almost 2°C warmer than today − will be home to billions of people. And if humans go on − as is the case now − tipping ever-greater levels of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, then Paris and Philadelphia, Shanghai and São Paulo, Lagos and London, Beijing and Baghdad could see an average rise of 4.4°C.
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