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Climate Facts: 2022 to become eighth hottest year on record

Climate Facts: 2022 to become eighth hottest year on record
January 07
17:41 2022

The complexities of climate change and its associated jargon can make it difficult to digest. TheCable’s climate quick facts will help to demystify these climate concepts through easy-to-understand and straight-to-the-point explanations.

  • According to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), 2022 is expected to continue the run of the world’s hottest years with a temperature forecast of between 0.97°C and 1.21°C above the average for the pre-industrial period (1850-1900).

 

  • For eight years in a row, global temperatures have exceeded 1.0°C above pre-industrial levels, according to WMO. 

 

  • In 2019, global carbon emissions from fossil fuels and industry reached a record high of 36.44 billion metric tonnes but fell by 5.8 percent in 2020 due to COVID, according to statista

 

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  • Carbon dioxide constitutes only 3.6 percent of total greenhouse gases, out of which 0.12 percent is attributed to human activities.

 

  • Carbon dioxide is not the only contributing gas to climate change. Other gases like methane and nitrous oxide are far more dangerous than carbon dioxide alone.



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