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    Earth’s Decade-Long Fever: Record-Breaking Global Temperatures Alarm Scientists

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    Between 2014 and 2023, the rate of decadal global warming reached its highest level on record.

    Refinery with smoke and global warming concept
    Refinery with smoke and global warming concept

    New research conducted by more than 50 prominent international scientists reveals that human-induced global warming is progressing at a rate of 0.26 degrees Celsius per decade, marking the swiftest pace since the inception of climate data tracking.

    Smoking pipes making clouds against blue sky background. Dioxide air contamination. Environmental pollution.
    Smoking pipes making clouds against blue sky background. Dioxide air contamination. Environmental pollution.

    This alarming acceleration has been propelled by a cocktail of greenhouse gas emissions, which have hit a staggering annual high of approximately 53 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent, alongside a weakening aerosol cooling effect.

    The 2023 assessment documented the human-induced warming average for that year at 1.31 degrees Celsius compared to the period of 1850-1900.

    Thermometer, planet earth and the drought
    Thermometer, planet earth and the drought

    In the 2024 update, the analysis indicates that the decade spanning 2014-2023 experienced an average human-induced warming of 1.19 degrees Celsius, representing an increase of 0.12 degrees Celsius compared to the previous assessment.

    Drought land
    Drought land

    Professor Piers Forster, a climate scientist, starkly noted, “Our analysis shows that the level of global warming caused by human action has continued to increase over the past year… Global temperatures are still heading in the wrong direction and faster than ever before.”

    detail of white smoke polluted sky
    detail of white smoke polluted sky

    Adding to the concern, scientists have highlighted a dwindling carbon budget, which estimates the amount of carbon dioxide we can emit before irrevocably committing to a 1.5°C increase in global temperatures.

    Fossil fuel power station emits toxic smoke stacks with carbon dioxide and water vapor against beautiful cloudy sky in Arizona desert
    Fossil fuel power station emits toxic smoke stacks with carbon dioxide and water vapor against beautiful cloudy sky in Arizona desert

    This budget stands at a mere five years’ worth of our current emission rates.

    Further evidence of our warming world comes from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, which recorded April 2024 as the warmest April on the global climate record.

    Drought land against
    Drought land against

    This continues a streak of 11 consecutive months of record warmth for the Earth, an indication of the relentless pace at which climate change is proceeding.

    drought cracked desert landscape
    drought cracked desert landscape

    Regionally, continents have experienced varied temperature shifts, with South America recording its warmest April and Europe its second warmest.

    Global Warming
    Global Warming

    On a global scale, April 2024 marked the 10th lowest extent of sea ice coverage in April in the 46-year observational record.

    Global Warming
    Global Warming

    The Arctic sea ice extent was 80,000 square miles lower than the average, with the Antarctic sea ice extent falling 290,000 square miles below the norm.

    Coast of Antarctica
    Coast of Antarctica

    Elevated greenhouse gas emissions are disrupting the Earth’s energy equilibrium, as ocean buoys and satellites monitor unprecedented heat fluxes entering the oceans, ice caps, soils, and atmosphere.

    huge iceberg in water
    huge iceberg in water

    The recorded influx of heat surpasses the long-term average by 50%, according to the report.

    Relevant articles:
    2014-2023 saw the highest level of decadal global warming ever recorded, Deccan Herald
    April 2024 was Earth’s warmest on record, noaa.gov
    Annual 2023 Global Climate Report, National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) (.gov)
    2023 warmest year on record, 2014-23 warmest decade ever, confirms WMO, The Indian Express

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