In Europe, 2020 was warm like no other year since records began. According to the evaluation, 2020 also ended the warmest decade recorded so far. The EU's climate change service (Copernicus Climate Change Service, C3S) produces monthly reports on air temperature, sea ice and the water cycle. C3S uses its own data and additional records from ground stations, balloons, aeroplanes and satellites that go back to 1950.

In Europe, the year was on average 1.6 degrees Celsius warmer than in the 30-year reference period 1981 to 2010 - and 0.4 Celsius degrees warmer than the previous European record year 2019.

In a global perspective, the average temperature last year was only 0.04 degrees below that of the record year 2016. According to the statistics, 2019 was particularly warm in Alaska and over the Arctic. Furthermore, almost all landmasses were warm above average, especially in Eastern and Southern Europe, South Africa and Australia.

Copernicus Climate Change Service is the European Union's most important earth observation program. According to preliminary data from the US weather agency, 2019 was the second warmest year worldwide. A final calculation from her is still pending. 2020 stands out due to the extraordinary heat in the Arctic and a large number of tropical storms in the North Atlantic.

According to the evaluations, the climate-damaging carbon dioxide concentrations (C02) in the atmosphere have also increased. The experts spoke of undoubtedly terrifying alarm signals.


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