Climate experts have issued a harrowing prediction, warning that our already scorching planet is on track to surpass the critical 1.5 degrees Celsius limit by 2027, spelling disaster for our future.
The researchers emphasize that this surge in temperature is a direct consequence of the unprecedented surge in carbon emissions resulting from human activities.
Exceeding the 1.5°C threshold signifies that our world will become hotter than it has been since the pre-industrial era, when fossil fuel emissions were virtually non-existent.
Industrialization marked the beginning of these emissions, catapulting us towards this alarming scenario.
The 1.5°C target has been at the forefront of global climate negotiations, with world leaders pledging to curb emissions under the Paris Agreement of 2015, in a bid to avert this impending crisis.
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However, should the world experience a decade-long temperature increase of 1.5°C, the repercussions on our climate will be severe, unleashing longer heatwaves, extreme weather events, and devastating wildfires.
Scientists urge that there is still a window of opportunity to rein in these emissions and mitigate the impending catastrophe.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), since 2020, has been consistently warning that the 1.5°C threshold could be breached at any moment, within a year or two. At that time, they estimated a less than 20% chance of breaching it within the next five years.
However, these odds have soared to 50% last year, and now stand at a staggering 66%, prompting experts to declare it as “more likely than not.”
The race against time to curb emissions and preserve the delicate balance of our planet has never been more urgent.
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