Climate change: Where we are in seven charts and what you can do to help
Image copyright Getty Images The UN has warned that the goal of limiting global warming to "well below 2C above pre-industrial levels" is in danger because major economies, including the US and the EU, are falling short of their pledges. But scientists at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - the leading international body on global warming - argue the 2C pledge in the 2015 Paris accord didn't go far enough. The global average temperature rise actually needs to be kept below 1.5C, they say. So how warm has the world got and what can we do about it? 1. The world is now nearly one degree warmer than it was before widespread industrialisation, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The global average temperature for the first 10 months of 2018 was 0.98C above the levels of 1850-1900, according to five independently maintained global data sets. (If you can't see this chart tap or click here) If this trend continues, temperatures may rise by 3-5C by 2100. 2. 3.
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