THE HOTTEST DECADE EVER

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THE last decade – 2010 to 2019 – was the hottest ever recorded on Earth.

The an­nual State of the Cli­mate re­port, which is writ­ten by 520 sci­en­tists from more than 60 coun­tries, found that ev­ery decade since 1980 has been warmer than the one be­fore.

The Met Of­fice’s State of the UK Cli­mate re­port re­cently found that the last decade was the UK’s warm­est too. It was 0.9°C warmer on av­er­age across the coun­try than in the pe­riod 1961-1990.

As cli­mate change con­tin­ues, its di­rect im­pact on the planet is be­com­ing clearer.

The global re­port found that:

▮ Sea-sur­face tem­per­a­tures were the sec­ond warm­est ever in 2019. The high­est tem­per­a­tures were recorded in 2016.

▮ Melt­ing glaciers and a loss of polar ice have led to global sea lev­els reach­ing a new high point of 8.76cm above av­er­age lev­els in 1993, when mea­sure­ments be­gan.

▮ The polar re­gions of the Arc­tic and Antarc­tic had their sec­ond hottest year on record in 2019.

▮ Green­house gas lev­els reached their high­est level ever last year.

▮ There were a record high num­ber of ex­treme warm days across the world in 2019.

In the UK, 2019 saw the high­est tem­per­a­ture ever recorded, when the ther­mome­ter hit 38.7°C in Cam­bridge. It also saw the high­est win­ter tem­per­a­ture ever, when 21.2°C was recorded on 26 Fe­bru­ary 2019 in Kew.

A packed Brighton beach last sum­mer

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