Human-induced global warming rates are currently at their highest levels in history, causing global warming at a rate exceeding 0.2 °C per decade. It is expected that this will result in a level of global warming of 1.5 °C or more within the next 10 years. This is much faster than previously estimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The new estimates were recently published by a group of international climate scientists closely connected to the IPCC.
The current decade is of utmost importance to keep global warming under the 1.5-2 °C level of the Paris Agreement. Halting tropical deforestation is one of the few realistic options to make that happen on such a short notice.