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Why This Matters: These trends need to both be heading down — even if our greenhouse gas emissions fell slightly, we need to make deeper emissions cuts to stop the global temperatures from spiral even higher in the 20s. We need to build on and rapidly expand the successes of 2019 emissions reductions into other sectors and globally. There is no time to waste — which is crystal clear now as we take in the decade’s temperature spike, as the chart above makes patently obvious.
“The five warmest years on record have all occurred in the last 5 years.”
“Globally, the calendar year 2019 was 0.59°C warmer than the 1981–2010 average.”
“2016 is the warmest calendar year on record, with a global temperature 0.63°C above that for 1981–2010.
“The third warmest calendar year, 2017, had a temperature 0.54°C above average.”
Bottom Line: According to CNN, across the globe, “nearly every region experienced above-average temperatures in 2019, but Europe, Australia, southern Africa, and the Arctic felt particularly hot temperatures that were well above normal.”
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