Limiting global warming to 1.5°C has “factually failed” – German scientists
(Clean Energy Wire, 28 Sep 2023) The Paris Climate Agreement’s goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius has “factually failed,” said scientists at the German Extreme Weather Congress in Hamburg.
“We have to accept the fact that the 1.5 degree target will be breached,” said Jochem Marotzke, director of the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology. Massive changes to the global climate are now unavoidable, and humanity will have to put in a significant amount of effort and investment to try and keep warming to below two degrees Celsius, participants at the congress found. At current rates, the world is heading for an average global temperature increase of three degrees Celsius.
The extreme weather events throughout 2023 could mark “a turning point” in the transformation towards a warmer global average temperature, which will increase the prevalence of large fires, heat waves and floods, the congress members said in a statement. “Never before have global air and ocean temperatures been as high as this year.”
Germany was largely spared from the extreme weather events that hit much of southern Europe and northern Africa in recent months. However, temperatures of five to six degrees above average in the Mediterranean Sea could have meant equally catastrophic rains or prolonged droughts for the country, the statement said.