The last five-year period has been the warmest five years on record, said the UN's World Meteorological Organization.
But with life and heat-trapping gas levels inching back toward normal, the brief pollution break will likely be “a drop in the ocean" when it comes to climate change, scientists said.
A handful of people stood in the background holding banners reading "Wake Up: Climate Action Now" and "Crisis is Crisis" before being dispersed by police without incident.
The huge melt was due not only to warm temperatures, but also atmospheric circulation patterns that have become more frequent due to climate change, suggesting scientists may be underestimating the threat to the ice, the authors found.
Wealthy nations will have less food security as developing nations cut back on food exports.
Some 30,000 people, including 200 world leaders, had been due to attend the 10-day conference for crucial talks to halt rising global temperatures.
Scientists have spent decades studying the diseases lurking in the animal kingdom and they have managed to find very few answers to a whole range of questions.
While less visible than climate-enhanced hurricanes, sea level rise may ultimately prove the most devastating of global warming impacts.
The report by the Australia Institute compared data from the past two decades with mid-20th century benchmarks of temperatures at the calendar start of seasons in temperate and sub-tropical parts of the country.
Dozens of protesters from the Extinction Rebellion group drew attention — and anger from some drivers — as they fired colourful smoke flares into the air and blocked busy intersections in central London near the fashion events.
African climate activists are making an appeal a week after American news agency The Associated Press faced backlash for cropping activist Vanessa Nakate out of a photo at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
President and CEO of the non-profit group Rachel Bronson said "It is the closest to Doomsday we have ever been in the history of the Doomsday Clock." The clock was created in 1947.
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