Global Average Temperature Continues to Rise…

Posted on 13 November 2015

This week the Met Office published research which reveals that the “global annual average surface temperature in 2015 is looking set to reach 1°C above the pre-industrial average (as represented by the 1850-1900 reference period) for the first time”.

Met Office Global Ave. Temp. Sep 15

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed that global warming should not exceed 2°C above the pre-industrial average. This is the first time the global average temperature has reached the half-way point to that limit.

Continued reliance on fossil fuels to meet energy demand creates further greenhouse gas emissions which maintain and worsen the greenhouse effect, thus being a key contributor to the increase in global average temperature. These findings reinforce the need for effective utilisation of renewable energy sources.