Climate crisis: world now at its hottest for 12,000 years | The Guardian
Scientists say temperatures globally at highest level since start of human civilisation
Damian Carrington Wed 27 Jan 2021
The planet is now hotter than it has been for at least 12,000 years, a period spanning the entire development of human civilisation, according to new research.
The analysis of ocean surface temperatures shows human-driven climate change has put the world in “uncharted territory”, the scientists say. The planet may even be at its warmest for 125,000 years, although data from that period is less certain.
The research, published in the journal Nature, reached these conclusions by solving a longstanding puzzle dubbed the “Holocene temperature conundrum”. Climate models have indicated continuous warming since the last ice age ended 12,000 years ago and the Holocene period bega