WEEKLY QUOTE: Jan 11, 2020
“There are now disingenuous efforts to downplay the clear role of climate change in worsening the intensity and severity of the Australian fires…as a way to distract from the growing threat of climate change. These efforts should be called out for what they are: gross climate denial.”Peter Gleick, a climate scientist at the Pacific Institute in California,
The catastrophic fires in Australia are the latest example of the very real and very urgent consequences of climate change. It’s on us to stay focused and protect the one planet we’ve got for the next generation: https://t.co/dqytauPeXf
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 9, 2020
NEWS AND VIEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB ON CLIMATE CHANGE
The data by Copernicus’ climate change service provides the first global picture of temperature levels and CO2 concentration in 2019.
The findings show that the global average of surface air temperature in 2019 was only 0.04C lower than in 2016, the hottest year on record when temperatures were boosted by a particularly strong El Niño weather event. El Niño weather patterns did take place in 2019 but were not as strong.
However, global temperatures in 2019 were almost 0.6C warmer than the 1981-2010 average and monthly temperatures recorded for December were jointly the warmest for the month on a par with 2015.