Temperatures rose 10 degrees Celsius above average in Siberia last month. The region is known as much of Earth’s permafrost.
The report was released by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). Here is what you need to know.
Siberia’s Future is Unknown
Western Siberia has been unusually hot for a few months, according to a C3S report. Last month was 0.63 degrees Celsius warmer than the average May from 1981 to 2010, with up average temperatures across regions of North America, South America, Africa, Antarctica, Europe, and Alaska.
Worldwide, the average temperature for the 12 months to May 2020 is approximately 1.3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The monitoring network stated that there were very high and unusual temperatures over Siberia throughout the March to May period. Copernicus reported above-average temperatures around much of the Arctic between March to May, although the spring was a little colder in northern Canada.
Parts of Europe also got colder than average temperatures last month, as southern Asia, Australia, and the eastern United States. The 12 months to May were 0.7 degrees Celsius warmer than the 1981 to 2010 average, suiting the warmest similar period on record, between October 2015 and September 2016.
Overall, global temperatures have increased more than 1 degree Celsius since mid-19th century levels, triggered mostly by burning fossil fuels. There has been a continued period of above-average temperatures since 2002, but the last five years have been the warmest on record, similar to the previous decade.
In the Arctic area, for instance, the average temperatures have increased by two degrees Celsius since the mid-19th century, approximately twice the global average. Such a thing has hastened the melting of Greenland’s kilometers-thick ice layer, resulting in a loss of 600 billion tonnes of ice mass for the year (net result).
The United Nations reported that back in 2019, the human-made greenhouse gas emissions required to drop 7.6 % annually over the upcoming decade to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius.