According NOAA climate scientists, 2020 ranks as the second hottest year on record for the planet, right behind 2016 as the warmest ever, and knocking 2019 down to third hottest ever. Climate change is happening in real time. In fact, the world’s seven warmest years have all occurred since 2014, with 10 of the hottest years on record occurring since 2005.
Climate change means more years like 2020, with increasingly powerful hurricanes, more intense wildfires, less ice and longer heat waves. Climate change driven natural disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, heat waves, droughts and floods affect every region of the world, but poor people and poor places suffer disproportionately. Around the world, climate change is exacerbating inequality and destroying everything from our forests to our reefs and is an existential threat to our biodiversity within.
The future will be even hotter, although humans, through the choices governments, corporations and individuals make, will decide exactly how much. Please support politicians that support climate change legislation!