The global average temperature exceeded the critical threshold of two degrees Celsius of warming for one day. Researchers at the Copernicus Climate Change Service of the European Union recorded an increase in temperature. Copernicus deputy director Samantha Burgess informed about this on X.
According to analysts, this “milestone” was briefly crossed on November 17. Compared to the pre-industrial era, the temperature on Earth has increased by 2.06 degrees Celsius. In addition, the temperature last Friday exceeded the level of 1991-2020 by an average of 1.17 degrees Celsius. Thus, November 17 became the hottest day on record.
Climate scientists warn that sustained warming of two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels will have irreversible consequences for Earth and its ecosystems.
Keeping the average global temperature from rising by 1.5 degrees Celsius remains a key point of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. According to Burgess, the temperature record recorded on November 17 did not violate the terms of this agreement, but showed that the world is not so far from it. Also, she told CNN that the Copernicus data are preliminary and require confirmation with real observations.