Year warmest on record

Year warmest on record

December 08, 2020

2020 has broken a number of climate records.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The global average temperature from January to October was about 1.2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This fact makes 2020 one of the three warmest years on record, along with 2016 and 2018.

This year has broken other climatic records as well: meteorologists recorded the largest losses of sea and cover ice, the highest values ​​of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere and as many as 30 named storms in the North Atlantic. This is reported in the preliminary report of the World Meteorological Organization on the state of the climate in 2020. It includes data on changes in the main climatic indicators: average annual temperature, the content of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the concentration of ozone and ozone-depleting substances, the heat content of the ocean and sea level rise, the area of ​​sea ice and ice sheets.

The experts also analyzed the scope of natural disasters (floods, droughts, wildfires, storms and hurricanes) and tracked the movement of climate refugees. Separately highlighted the impact of the pandemic on the climate.

The World Meteorological Organization publishes reports on changes in various climatic indicators every year. The data for such documents is taken from a large number of sources.

Earlier, This Is Taimyr wrote that scientists predict abnormally cold winters in Siberia, which is associated with a reduction in the area of ​​the Arctic sea ice. Scientists fear it will melt completely.

Text: Ekaterina Maximova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

December 08, 2020

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