Global Warming Updated!
Global warming refers to a long-term climate trend marked by significant increases in Earth's average temperature. The World Meteorological Association identified the year 2020 as one of the three warmest years ever recorded, with the average global temperature reaching 14.9°C (58.8°F), which is 1.2°C (about 2.2°F) higher than prevailing averages during the pre-industrial 1850–1900 period. Many scientists believe the changes are anthropogenic, or linked to human activity. Some climate experts further suggest that humankind's environmental impact warrants its own geological epoch: the Anthropocene period.
Warmer average global temperatures have had profound effects on flora, fauna, ecosystems, and human populations. The 2015 Paris Agreement, brokered by the United Nations (UN) and ratified by 189 countries as of 2021, aims to...Read more