8 Feb 2024

Research saying planet has reached 1.5C of warming under fire

From Morning Report, 8:56 am on 8 February 2024

New research suggesting the planet has already exceeded 1.5 degrees of warming has come under fire from scientists around the world.

Morning Report spoke to a scientist involved in the study on Wednesday, which examined centuries-old sea sponges and found growth records that document changes in water temperatures dating back 300 years.

But critics say the study, which centred on a single species from one part of the Caribbean Sea was too narrow and made misleading claims regarding the Paris Agreement.

Honorary Auckland University academic and distinguished scholar at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research Kevin Trenberth spoke to Corin Dann.