Whether we want to recognize climate change or agree to disagree, the facts don’t lie. In 2020, we experienced one of the three warmest years ever recorded in our planet’s history.
The only other two years that were hotter were 2016 and 2019, respectively.
When we look at the global records that were taken starting in 1850, all six of the warmest years ever recorded have happened since 2015. The most notable changes with this climate adjustment have occurred in the Siberian Arctic, where it is about 5°C warmer now than it was a decade ago.
We also had 30 named storms during the North Atlantic hurricane season, shattering the record number of those events in 2020.
Russia Recorded a Global Record High in 2020
Although most places in the world only see a fractional degree difference because of the global warming issues, the Siberian Arctic is a different story.
Verkhoyansk recorded a temperature on June 20 of 38°C (100.4°F), which was verified independently by scientists and meteorologists outside of Russia. This temperature is the highest recorded anywhere within the Arctic Circle.
Europe also recorded its hottest period ever from January to October in 2020.
Although the heat is what creates the headlines when we talk about global warming, climate change can also cause some regions to be abnormally cool. India, Australia, Brazil, and Canada were below average in 2020.
What does this information mean? When we look at the long-term implications of climate change, the decade from 2011-2020 is the warmest ever recorded by humans. Most of the warming gases end up in the oceans, causing an acidification effect that adversely affects that biome.
When the oceans start warming up, the sea levels can rise. That means any coastal community would need to be on alert to make adjustments to their infrastructure.