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First off, let’s be clear – climate change is real and already happening. Take a look at the news right now from the western US and Canada! See Canada weather: Dozens dead as heatwave shatters records - BBC News.

According to climate scientists:

  • 2020 was the joint hottest year on record (along with 2016)

  • The last six years have been the hottest six on record.

  • In 2020, the Arctic and northern Siberia saw particularly extreme average temperatures, in some areas 6C above the long-term average. Wildfires caused by this heat released a record 244 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

  • The average increase in surface temperature across the planet in 2020 was 1.25C, dangerously close to the 1.5C target set by the world’s nations to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

  • Despite a brief dip in carbon dioxide emissions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is still heading for a temperature rise in excess of 3C this century – far beyond the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global warming to well below 2C and pursuing 1.5C.

Source: 2020 Report by the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and UN Emissions Gap Report 2020. See Climate crisis 2020 was joint hottest year ever recorded - YouTube.

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