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Dear MEL Topic Readers,
The last 7 years have been the warmest on record as planet approaches critical threshold
2021 was the fifth warmest year on record. For the first time on record, rain fell at the summit of Greenland, a severe drought plagued the Western US and caused destructive wildfires and serious water shortages. In Europe, it was the warmest year on record and saw deadly floods in central Europe and intense wildfires in the eastern and central Mediterranean. In fact, the world average temperature is about 1.1 degrees Celsius above average pre-industrial levels. It has been and will be going up as we keep emitting greenhouse gases despite the 2015 agreement by world leaders to limit the temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius, 1.5 degrees if possible. Even though it is still technologically and economically too difficult to remove the already-emitted greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere, humans should be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Enjoy reading the article about how close we are to the point of no return to global catastrophe.