Temperatures continue to rise around our planet. March 2020 was 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than March 1991. And overall, Earth is about 2 degrees F warmer now than the 20th century average temperature.
It may not sound like much, but the repercussions of Earth warming a few degrees are huge. Arctic ice melt, rising sea levels, floods, droughts, wildfires, species extinction, and famine are just a few. We can’t turn back the clock, but we can work to reduce future consequences.
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- March 2020 temperature increase: This year is on track to be Earth’s warmest on record, beating 2016, NOAA says.
- The overall global temperature increase: Bloomberg Data Dash: A Live Climate Scoreboard for the World.