Earth May Briefly Hit Key Warming Threshold, UN Forecasts

"There’s a two-out-of-three chance that the world will temporarily hit a key warming limit within the next five years, the United Nations weather agency said Wednesday.

But it likely would only be a fleeting and less worrisome flirtation with the internationally agreed upon temperature threshold. Scientists expect a temporary burst of heat from El Nino — a naturally-occurring weather phenomenon — to supercharge human-caused warming from the burning of coal, oil and gas to new heights. Temperatures are expected to then slip back down a bit.

The World Meteorological Organization forecasts a 66% likelihood that between now and 2027, the globe will have a year that averages 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than the mid 19th century."

Seth Borenstein reports for the Associated Press May 16, 2023.


"Heat Will Likely Soar to Record Levels in Next 5 Years, New Analysis Says" (New York Times)


Source: AP, 05/18/2023