UN: World could hit 1.5-degree warming threshold by 2024

Global temperatures could increase by a higher amount than in any other time in recorded history. The World Meteorological Organization said there's a chance global temps could be nearly 3 degrees higher than the pre-industrial average

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July 9, 2020 - 10:02 AM

GENEVA (AP) — The world could see annual global temperatures break a key threshold for the first time in the coming five years, the U.N. weather agency said Thursday.

The World Meteorological Organization said forecasts suggest there’s a 20% chance that global temperatures will be 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) higher than the pre-industrial average in at least one year between 2020 and 2024.

The 1.5 C mark is the level countries agreed to cap global warming at in 2015. While a new annual high might be followed by several years with lower average temperatures, breaking that threshold would be seen as further evidence that international efforts to curb climate change aren’t working.

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