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Earth has experienced 12 consecutive months of temperatures 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, sounding a warning to humanity. Climate change, supercharged by the El Nino phenomenon, has caused extreme weather events and record-breaking warming in 2023. Scientists emphasize the significant social and economic costs of reaching 1.5C warming, such as heatwaves, droughts, floods, storms, and water scarcity.
"We are touching 1.5C and we see the cost, the social costs and economic costs," said Johan Rockstrom.
Recent months have seen a series of extreme weather events worldwide, including droughts in the Amazon basin, high winter temperatures in southern Europe, wildfires in South America, and heavy rainfall in California. Johan Rockstrom warns that humanity is approaching the agreed-upon 1.5C warming limit faster than expected.
"It is clearly a warning to humanity that we are moving faster than expected towards the agreed upon 1.5C limit that we signed," Rockstrom said.