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Rise in Global Temps Since 1880

By Climate Central

Since the advent of modern recordkeeping in 1880, the global average temperature has risen 1.6°F. The trend is one of the hallmarks of global warming and tightly tied with the rise in human CO2 emissions.

Warming has accelerated since the first Earth Day in 1970. The global average temperature has risen by about 0.3°F per decade since then. In comparison, the rise up until that point was about 0.1°F per decade. The speed up in warming since 1970 has been tied to a number of factors, particularly a reduction in human aerosol emissions throughout the 1970s, which cool the planet.

Scientists have warned that warming should be limited to 3.6°F above pre-industrial levels — more commonly represented by its even Celsius counterpart of 2°C — to avoid severe consequences of climate change.