WMO says this decade has been the hottest ever recorded

Pablo Tucker
December 3, 2019

3 de diciembre de 2019, 12:24Madrid, Dec 3 (Prensa Latina) The average temperatures in the decade from 2010 to 2019 will be the highest of those recorded to date, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) experts assured this Tuesday on presenting their report at the COP25 being held here.

THIS decade is set to be the hottest in history, the United Nations said today in an annual assessment outlining the ways in which climate change is outpacing humanity's ability to adapt to it.

The 35-page report said average temperatures in 2019 are on pace to be the second- or third-highest ever - at about 1.1 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial norms, according to data compiled from January to October. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has also continued to rise, despite increased global efforts to reduce emissions. This is leading to the degradation of vital marine ecosystems.

Millions of people were forced from their homes as a result of extreme events such as cyclones, hurricanes and flooding.

Weather disasters displaced millions of people this year and affected rainfall patterns from India to northern Russian Federation and the central United States, and many other regions.

"On a day-to-day basis, the impacts of climate change play out through extreme and "abnormal" weather and once again in 2019 weather and climate related risks hit hard". The WMO statement warns ice is melting, sea levels are rising at record rates, and floods and heatwaves are becoming more regular. "Wildfires swept through the Arctic and Australia", he said.

Worldwide locations are now in wanted talks in Madrid geared toward finalising tips for the 2015 Paris climate accord, which enjoins nations to work to limit world temperature rises to "successfully beneath" 2C.

The UN mentioned final week in its annual "emissions gap" evaluation that the world wanted to chop carbon emissions by 7.6 % annually, yearly, till 2030 to hit 1.5C.

"Our economic activities continue to utilize the atmosphere as a destroy dump for greenhouse gases", acknowledged Joeri Rogelj, Grantham Lecturer in Climate Exchange at Imperial School London.

Even if all Paris pledges were honored, Earth is still on course to be more than 3 C warmer by the end of the century.

"The rising temperatures, the warming oceans, ocean acidification and different indicators are the logical effect of this inaction and this could fear us deeply".

A part of the discussions in Madrid is geared toward getting global locations to extend their local weather motion ambition forward of a deadline subsequent yr.

Friederike Otto, deputy director of the University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute, said the WMO report "highlights that we are not even adapted to 1.1 degree of warming".

"And there is no doubt that this 1.1 degree is due to the burning of fossil fuels", he mentioned.

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