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Earth is warming at an unprecedented pace that has not been seen in 1000 years, say Nasa – 31 August

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Nasa’s top climate scientist says that it will be ‘very unlikely’ that the world will stay within the crucial 1.5C temperature limit agreed at the Paris climate accord last year, due to the planet warming at a pace not experienced in the last 1,000 years.

2016 has seen the average global temperature peaking at 1.38C above levels experience in the 19th century, however through analysing ice cores and sediments, Nasa suggest that the warming in recent decades is out of place with any period over the last millennium. The temperature rise over the past century alone is around 10 times faster than any previous rate of warming.

Gavin Schmidt, director of Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, warns that this is a long-term trend, and will pose a significant problem for society over the next 100 years. Recent research has found that five more years of carbon dioxide emissions at current levels will effectively remove any chance of restraining temperatures to a 1.5C increase.

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