We all know about Global Warming, but how much do we really know? For example, did you know that Global temperatures are set to rise more than one degree above pre-industrial levels according to the UK's Met Office?
Did you also know that figures from January to September this year are already 1.02C above the average between 1850 and 1900?
Did you know that if we do not act quickly, and temperatures remain as predicted, 2015 will be the first year to breach this key threshold?
This then only leads to one place; the world being half way towards the dangerous 2C increase, commonly referenced as the point of no return where climate change is concerned.
The new data is certain to add urgency to political negotiations in Paris later this month, aimed at securing a new global climate treaty.
Scientists say that the one degree mark will be broken due a combination of the El Nino weather phenomenon, but also due to the carbon emissions which we are releasing into the Worlds atmosphere.
"We have seen a strong El Nino develop in the Tropical Pacific this year and that will have had some impact on this year's global temperature," said Stephen Belcher, director of the Met Office Hadley Centre.
"We've had similar natural events in the past, yet this is the first time we're set to reach the 1C marker and it's clear that it is human influence driving our modern climate into uncharted territory."
Andrew Sheldon, Founder and MD of Ice Energy has reacted to this by saying: “Each day there seem to be new statistics about Global Warming, yet it seems as if, in our human nature, we don’t think it is going to affect us, when in actual fact it is. Our future, our children’s future, and our grandchildren’s future are all going to be affected unless we start to act now. We want, and need, to stay below that 2C threshold, because if we don’t, it will have a devastating impact on our lives, but more importantly, the World.
“By simply installing an air or ground source heat pump each of us can do our bit to reduce the amount of carbon emissions emitted into the air, and therefore keep the Global temperature down. In addition, we can reduce our energy bills and remove dependence on harmful fossil fuels such as gas and oil which will benefit us all.”