(ORDO NEWS) — The global average temperature in 2020 reached the level of 2016, which was previously considered the warmest on record, the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said in a statement.
C3S is one of six thematic information services provided by the Copernicus Earth Observation Program under the auspices of the European Union. Copernicus is an operational program based on existing research infrastructure and knowledge available in Europe and other countries. C3S builds on climate research carried out by the World Climate Research Program (WCRP).
“C3S notes that globally, 2020 was paired with the previous warmest 2016, making it the sixth in a series of record-breaking warmest years since 2015. And 2011-2020 was the warmest decade on record.” – the message says.
In addition, meteorologists have recorded that 2020 was the warmest year in Europe. It turned out to be 0.4 degrees warmer than 2019, which was previously recognized as the warmest year.
Earlier, the Hydrometeorological Center also noted that 2020 was the warmest year in Russia on record.
“If we talk about a global record, it has now been established that the average temperatures in 2016 and 2020 are very close to each other. Now the process of further clarifications will begin to understand what the temperature was. We are talking about differences in hundredths of degrees.” – Roman Vilfand, scientific director of the Hydrometeorological Center, explained to RIA Novosti.
He also noted that 2020 did not just repeat the record of 2016, but confirmed the huge human impact on climate change on Earth.
“Since the beginning of the year, meteorologists have been very cautious about a possible record in 2020. This was due to the fact that the La Niña phenomenon was about to begin in the fall, which usually leads to a decrease in temperature. La Niña did start, but it could not bring down temperature on the planet, and the year became a record warm,”- said Wilfand.
He added that this situation has developed against the background of a continuing increase in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, which is provoked by anthropogenic emissions.
“This suggests that the human factor is becoming so important for the planet’s climate that natural factors are losing their primary importance,” the agency’s source said.
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