It’s been another broken year.
Climate change has exacerbated extreme weather across the globe, breaking temperature records, dropping river levels to record lows and increasing rainfall to devastating highs. Drought sets the stage for wildfires, exacerbating food insecurity.Researchers find themselves thinking The limit of human ability to withstand extreme heat (Serial Number: 7/27/22).
The extreme events from 2022 pinpointed on the map below are just one example of this year’s climate catastrophe. Each is exacerbated by human-caused climate change, or consistent with projections of regional impacts.
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Humans are radically altering Earth’s climate (Number: 8/9/21). The average temperature of the Earth’s surface has risen by at least 1.1 degrees Celsius Since pre-industrial times, as humans have released heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, especially carbon dioxide and methane (Serial number: 22/3/10). Warming alters the flow of energy around the planet, altering weather patterns, raising sea levels and Turning the extremes of the past into the new normal (Serial Number: 2/1/22).
As carbon continues to accumulate in the atmosphere and global temperatures continue to rise, the world will have to endure more of these extremes. But IPCC scientists and others hope that by highlighting the regional and local impacts of climate change, the world will step up its efforts to reduce climate-warming emissions — and avoid a more catastrophic future.