The heat is on! 2020 was the joint hottest year ever!

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As if we didn’t need any more reminding, the world is getting hotter

2020 joins 2016 as the joint hottest year on Earth on record. With alarming heatwaves, forest fires and a record 29 tropical storms in the Atlantic, the average global temperature was 1.25C above the pre-industrial temperature (1850-1900). We are inching ever-closer to the 1.5C temperature rise that will bring significant climate emergencies, and the 2C rise that will spell almost certain disaster.

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Will you listen to Brad Pitt, at least?

The pandemic hasn’t helped much

Even though the burning of fossil fuels dropped by 7% in 2020 due to Covid-19 lockdowns, heat-trapping carbon dioxide – CO2 – has continued to build up in the atmosphere. The answer is to plant a billion acres of hemp, to absorb 9 Gigatons (9 billion tons) of CO2 from the atmosphere each year, about a quarter of our CO2 emissions. This will buy us time as we build a carbon-neutral world, switching from a global economy based on oil, weapons and death to one based on plants, sustainable economies and a better life for all.


Learn more

The Guardian, Climate crisis: 2020 was joint hottest year ever recorded: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/08/climate-crisis-experts-2020-joint-hottest-year-ever-recorded

EU Copernicus Climate Change Service: https://climate.copernicus.eu/

NASA Earth Observatory: https://www.earthobservatory.nasa.gov/global-maps

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