Nov 9, 2015

Global warming 1.02C above pre-industrial levels

by
Pilita Clark
,
Financial Times
Carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere if half of global-warming emissions are not absorbed. Image: NASA
Carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere if half of global-warming emissions are not absorbed. Image: NASA

Global temperatures are on course to rise to the highest level since the industrial revolution this year as humans drive the climate into “uncharted territory”, UK scientists warned on Monday.Average temperatures between January and September were 1.02C above pre-industrial levels and, with just three months left in the year, 2015 is shaping up to be a record- “These are the highest temperatures we have seen in our record, which goes back to 1850,” said Dr Peter Stott, head of climate monitoring at the Met Office’s Hadley Centre climate change research office. “It’s the first time I’ve seen such a big jump between one year and the next.”