Earth Reaches Alarming 1.5-Degree Celsius Temperature Increase for 2023

Posted on February 22, 2024

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Earth Reaches Alarming 1.5-Degree Celsius Temperature Increase for 2023, Scientists Raise Urgent Concerns

Meat production implicated

Washington, DC 2.22.2024 – In a concerning milestone, the global average temperature on Earth has now surged to a 1.5-degree Celsius increase for the current year, prompting widespread apprehension among scientists and environmental experts.

This significant rise, as reported by reputable climate monitoring agencies, underscores the accelerating pace of global warming and the urgent need for decisive action to mitigate its far-reaching consequences.

Climate Diet, a Washington, DC based non-profit that promotes climate awareness resulting from animal agriculture, found in a recent survey that humans are willing to mitigate their climate actions by changing their own behavior. (Survey: 7/04/2023), according to Climate Diet CEO Jane DeMarines.

Events/Supporting Research:

  1. NASA’s Global Temperature Analysis: NASA’s Earth Science Division has been monitoring global temperature trends for decades. Recent data from their Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index (GLOTI) reveals that the Earth has experienced a 1.5-degree Celsius increase in average temperature compared to pre-industrial levels. This is a cause for immediate concern as it inches closer to the critical 2-degree Celsius limit set by international climate agreements.
  2. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Warning: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in its latest report, warned that a 1.5-degree Celsius increase could lead to severe and irreversible impacts on ecosystems, weather patterns, and sea levels. The report emphasizes the need for rapid and unprecedented global action to limit temperature rise and prevent catastrophic consequences.
  3. Rising Extreme Weather Events: The escalating global temperature is manifesting in increasingly frequent and severe extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, hurricanes, and wildfires. Scientists attribute these events to the warming climate, and they anticipate a surge in their frequency and intensity if decisive measures are not taken to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
  4. Ocean Warming and Sea Level Rise: The warming trend extends beyond the atmosphere, affecting the oceans. The World Meteorological Organization reports indicate that ocean temperatures are rising, contributing to the thermal expansion of seawater and subsequent sea-level rise. This poses a significant threat to coastal communities and biodiversity.

DeMarines said, “The scientific community is sounding the alarm, emphasizing that time is running out to address the root causes of climate change. 

“Urgent and bold actions are needed, she continued, on a global scale to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, transition to sustainable energy sources, and particularly human adoption of diets that currently result in deforestation of major rainforests (Amazon).

Animal Agriculture results in 1/3 of all greenhouse gas emissions.

DeMarines said that animal agriculture, including the food they eat, the loss of carbon sequestering trees, the huge transportation costs to transfer huge 2-ton animals to get to slaughters houses are not often included in the climate costs.

“These impacts from animal agriculture need to be tallied correctly, so people understand the impacts from the massive meat production, especially in the United States, that no one seems to notice—but yet when tallied correctly is a massive impact on environmental degradation.

The stakes are high, and the window of opportunity to avert the catastrophic outcomes is closing. Governments, industries, and individuals must collaborate to implement meaningful and immediate changes to secure a sustainable and habitable future, she said.

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Climate Diet (formerly Sustainable Earth Eating) promotes awareness and education on the role of food on health of the planet and its human inhabitants


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