Photo: One of the world's largest coal-fired stations, the 5,400 MW Bełchatów Power Station in Poland. Source: Wiki
Around 170 countries are gathered and expected to sign the new Paris Agreement on climate change today, corresponding with International Earth Day.
Photo: Atmospheric CO2 at Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii. Source: NOAA
Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations grew at their fastest level in 2015, increasing by 3.05 parts per million (ppm) compared with the previous year.
The measurements were taken from NOAA’s Mauna Loa observatory, based in Hawaii, with detailed records for the last 56 years. 2015 is now the fourth consecutive year where carbon dioxide concentration has exceed 2ppm.
Photo: Surface temperature analysis for February 2016 Source: NASA/GISS
Prior to the official statistics being released, February 2016 was already being labelled as the warmest month on record. NASA have now confirmed that global average temperatures for February 2016 were 1.35°C warmer than the mean.