The year 2020 promises to go down in history as the warmest year in the history of meteorological observations, and it now has some evidence. As the portal sciencealert.comlast month we witnessed the warmest January in the world, whose temperature was three degrees above average temperature for this time of year. The specialists of the system of climate monitoring in the European Union also clarify that in a number of countries from Norway to Russia, the average temperature was even higher, beating the performance of 30-year climate targets. So what caused the sudden warming in the middle of winter and than it can threaten us?
What are the risks of global warming?
Global warming, which has become one of the most popular topics for discussion in the media lately, can completely to deprive us of winter, at least in its form, to which we have grown accustomed. To this unexpected conclusion came the experts on climate change Copernicus (C3S), who believe that the current weather records are associated with the burning of fossil fuels and anthropogenic activities of man. It is known that 2019 was the second of the Hotness year and was only 0.4 degrees Celsius colder than 2016. However, if the warm winter of 2016 was caused by the high El Nino is a periodic natural weather phenomenon over the Pacific ocean, the increase in temperature in 2019 is due to quite different factors.
The record for was the temperature indicators in 2020 was the Norwegian village of Sunndalsora in Western Norway, where on 2 January was marked by a temperature of 19°C more than 25°C above the monthly average. Unusually high temperatures have led to the closure of cross-country ski trails in the vast areas of Norway and Sweden, but the leap to high temperatures did not stop at the Scandinavian countries, spreading on the territory of Russia, most part of the territory of the United States, Eastern Canada, Japan and parts of Eastern China.
The temperature was also higher than usual in New South Wales in Australia, causing the appearance of massive forest fires that a few days have devastated large areas of the state. Scientists say that atmospheric concentrations of CO2, which cause global warming are currently at the highest level in at least 800,000 years.