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2020 ties with 2016 as world's hottest year on record, EU climate change service says By Reuters

2020 ties with 2016 as world's hottest year on record, EU climate change service says By Reuters
2020 ties with 2016 as world's hottest year on record, EU climate change service says

FILE PHOTO: View of the A-68A iceberg from a Royal Air Force reconnaissance plane near South George island p By Kate Abnett and Matthew Green BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - Last year tied with 2016 as the world's warmest year on record, rounding off the hottest decade globally as the impacts of climate change intensified, the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service said on Friday.Scientists said the latest data underscored the need for countries and corporations to slash greenhouse gas emissions quickly enough to bring within reach the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement to avoid catastrophic climate change."The extraordinary climate events of 2020 and the data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service show us that we have no time to lose," said Matthias Petschke, Director for Space in the European Commission, the EU's executive arm.5 degrees C to avoid the most devastating impacts of climate change.

Scientists who were not involved in the study said it was consistent with growing evidence that climate change is contributing to more intense hurricanes, fires, floods and other disasters."We need another dictionary to help us describe how these extremes continue to play out and unfold year after year," said Smith, who tracks climate-related disasters that cause more than a billion dollars worth of damage.

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