Well done, world! „Met Office data for 2015 so far shows that, for the first time, global mean temperature at the Earth's surface is set to reach 1 °C above pre-industrial levels. This represents an important marker as the world continues to warm due to human influence.“ Meanwhile, at the World Bank: „As many as 100 million people could slide into extreme poverty because of rising temperatures, which are caused by greenhouse gas emissions, the World Bank report said.“
So we’re halfway to hell, or, rather, nearly halfway.
“It’s important to keep in mind that this is just a single individual year, subject to the usual random fluctuations, so it isn’t really quite yet a measure of the true shifting baseline,” Mann told me. “That having been said, it is a frightening reminder that we’re nearing the 2˚C “dangerous limit”, particularly given that another 0.5˚C of warming (as the climate catches up to the carbon we’ve already emitted) is almost certainly in the pipeline.”