March 2020 among hottest on record – EU
PARIS, France – Temperatures last month were among the hottest on record for March, the European Union's satellite monitoring service said Monday, April 6, with particularly extreme warm weather over Russia, home to much of Earth's permafrost.
The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said March 2020 was 0.68 degrees Celsius (ºC) warmer than the average March from 1981 to 2010, and on par with March 2017 and 2019 – currently the second hottest on record after March 2016.
Temperatures across Europe were almost 2ºC hotter than the historical average, it said.
Global temperatures have risen more than 1ºC since the industrial era as man-made greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels grow ever larger despite dire warnings from scientists.
The permafrost in Russian and Canadian forests contains as much as 1.5 trillion tonnes of carbon dioxide – around 40 times current annual emissions. – Rappler.com