Global Warming

Umwelt-Indikator

Indicator: Global surface temperature

A graph shows the deviation of the global air temperature between 1850 and 2020 from the average global air temperature from 1850 to 1900, which is taken as the baseline period. 2020 was 1.2 degrees Celsius warmer than the baseline average.

2020 was the second warmest year worldwide since records began, with a very slight distance to the warmest year to date, 2016.The last six years have been the warmest years worldwide since 1850.The Paris Climate Agreement stipulates that the increase in global temperature should be limited to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, and even to 1.5 °C. Due to historical data availability, the... read more

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News on Climate | Energy and Sustainability | Strategies | International matters

Aligning EU Climate Policy with the Paris Agreement

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According to the IPCC, global warming must be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius in order to mitigate the risks. An UBA position paper outlines how the EU climate policy could be aligned with this goal. Already by 2020, the parties to the Paris Agreement are to submit their updated national climate contribution to limit global warming. Up to now, far less has been promised than would be necessary. read more

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News on Climate | Energy

Climate action: how to reduce emissions even before 2020

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The international community resolved to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. The mitigation activities proposed by the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will not be enough to achieve that goal. An UBA report shows how the gap can be narrowed even before 2020, for example with more efficient electrical appliances and through renewable energy support. read more

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