In 2020, the average World temperature was 15.68°C – see below for 50 years of data.

The average global temperature is a measure of the overall temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. It is determined by taking into account temperature measurements from various locations around the world, and is usually expressed in degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit.

Over the past century, the average global temperature has risen by approximately 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This may not sound like much, but even small changes in global temperature can have significant impacts on the planet’s climate, weather patterns, and ecosystems.

One of the primary drivers of rising global temperatures is the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. These gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, trap heat from the sun and prevent it from escaping back into space. This leads to a buildup of heat in the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans, which can cause temperatures to rise.

Another factor contributing to rising global temperatures is the phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect. As cities and other urban areas grow, they generate heat through various human activities, such as transportation and energy production. This can lead to localized temperature increases, which can in turn contribute to higher global temperatures.

In recent years, the effects of rising global temperatures have become increasingly apparent. Average temperatures in many regions of the world have increased, and extreme weather events such as heat waves, droughts, and hurricanes have become more frequent and severe.

The impacts of rising global temperatures are not limited to the environment. They can also have significant social and economic consequences. For example, increased temperatures and changing weather patterns can lead to crop failures and food shortages, which can in turn contribute to social unrest and political instability. Rising sea levels can also threaten coastal communities and infrastructure, leading to displacement and economic losses.

Efforts are currently underway to address the issue of rising global temperatures and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Paris Agreement, signed by nearly 200 countries in 2015, aims to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with a goal of limiting the increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius if possible.

To achieve these goals, countries are implementing a variety of strategies, including transitioning to renewable energy sources, improving energy efficiency, and reducing deforestation. These efforts are critical for mitigating the worst effects of climate change and protecting the planet for future generations.

In conclusion, the average global temperature is a key indicator of the health of the Earth’s climate and ecosystems. Rising temperatures, driven by the increase in greenhouse gases and other human activities, are having significant impacts on the planet, including more frequent and severe weather events and threats to food security and coastal communities. Efforts to address this issue and reduce greenhouse gas emissions are critical for protecting the planet and ensuring a sustainable future for all.

Here is a list of the average world temperature for the past 50 years, based on data from NASA:

  1. 1971 – 14.83°C
  2. 1972 – 14.73°C
  3. 1973 – 14.82°C
  4. 1974 – 14.66°C
  5. 1975 – 14.76°C
  6. 1976 – 14.66°C
  7. 1977 – 14.75°C
  8. 1978 – 14.82°C
  9. 1979 – 14.91°C
  10. 1980 – 14.99°C
  11. 1981 – 14.91°C
  12. 1982 – 14.98°C
  13. 1983 – 15.04°C
  14. 1984 – 15.11°C
  15. 1985 – 15.11°C
  16. 1986 – 15.16°C
  17. 1987 – 15.07°C
  18. 1988 – 15.24°C
  19. 1989 – 15.20°C
  20. 1990 – 15.21°C
  21. 1991 – 15.18°C
  22. 1992 – 15.22°C
  23. 1993 – 15.17°C
  24. 1994 – 15.31°C
  25. 1995 – 15.37°C
  26. 1996 – 15.44°C
  27. 1997 – 15.37°C
  28. 1998 – 15.54°C
  29. 1999 – 15.40°C
  30. 2000 – 15.34°C
  31. 2001 – 15.38°C
  32. 2002 – 15.42°C
  33. 2003 – 15.43°C
  34. 2004 – 15.48°C
  35. 2005 – 15.53°C
  36. 2006 – 15.54°C
  37. 2007 – 15.53°C
  38. 2008 – 15.42°C
  39. 2009 – 15.49°C
  40. 2010 – 15.60°C
  41. 2011 – 15.53°C
  42. 2012 – 15.61°C
  43. 2013 – 15.62°C
  44. 2014 – 15.64°C
  45. 2015 – 15.76°C
  46. 2016 – 15.86°C
  47. 2017 – 15.77°C
  48. 2018 – 15.80°C
  49. 2019 – 15.77°C
  50. 2020 – 15.68°C