Global warming

Curator’s Words


Global warming


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The decade 2011-2020 was the warmest on record, with global average temperatures rising 1.1 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels in 2019. Global warming caused by humans is currently increasing at a rate of 0.2°C every decade.

A 2°C increase in temperature relative to pre-industrial periods has major negative consequences for the natural ecosystem as well as human health and wellbeing, including a much increased likelihood of harmful and potentially catastrophic changes in the global environment.

As a result, the international community has recognized the importance of keeping global warming below 2°C and pursuing efforts to keep it below 1.5°C.