2020 was the warmest year for Europe

Data just released by the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (“Europe’s eyes on Earth”) show that globally, 2020 was very close to equalling the 2016 record for warmest year since records began, and that in Europe, temperatures were 1.6 degrees Centigrade above the 1980-2010 average — a record. In northern Siberia, the increase was dramatic — nearly 7 degrees.

Net zero would stop warming within 20 years

On a planetary scale, it takes many years to reach a new temperature equilibrium after a change in CO2 levels. If and when we reach net zero carbon emissions, for how how many years will temperatures continue to rise? New answers (reported in the Guardian on 7-1-21) suggest that it may be as little as 20 years — and that temperatures might then start to fall.

Fossil fuels refuse to die!

A UN report finds that production plans for fossil fuels directly contradict commitments made under the Paris Climate Accord. See the Guardian article from 2-12-2020 covering this, including a shocking graph showing, in order of decreasing size, planned production, pledged production and production compatible with keeping below a 2 degree increase.