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'Climate chaos': planet breaks temperature records for twelfth month in a row

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: The planet has broken temperature records for the twelfth consecutive month, with May 2024 being the hottest May on record, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S)
• UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasized the urgent need for action during his speech on World Environment Day

🔭 The context: Global temperatures have risen 0.75°C above the 1991-2020 average and 1.63°C above pre-industrial levels
• This alarming trend has been exacerbated by the El Niño phenomenon, which has further intensified global temperatures

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The persistent rise in global temperatures underscores the accelerating impact of climate change, driven by greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and deforestation
• This trend threatens to push the planet beyond the critical 1.5°C warming threshold, increasing the likelihood of severe climate-related disasters

⏭️ What's next: Urgent and more ambitious climate action is required to mitigate these trends
• Policymakers, businesses, and civil society must collaborate to reduce emissions and transition to sustainable energy sources

💬 One quote: "We are playing Russian roulette with our planet (...). We are not only in danger. We are the danger," said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

📈 One stat: Global temperatures have been 0.75°C above normal (1991-2020) and 1.63°C above the pre-industrial era over the past 12 months

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