Volunteers continue to update local climate records begun in the 1880s
By Lauren Harkawik, The Times Union
Aug. 16, 2021
Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report that said climate change is “widespread, rapid, and intensifying.” The earth is rapidly approaching what is seen by scientists as a critical point — a warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius that reflects combined surface air and sea surface temperatures averaged around the globe over a 30-year period.
According to findings in the report, that threshold will be met in the next 30 years — sooner than scientists previously thought — unless the brakes are pumped now on the causes of climate change, such as burning fossil fuels.