The past five years and the past decade were nearly certainly the hottest on record, according to the latest WMO study. The WMO statement warns ice is melting, sea levels are rising at record rates, and floods and heatwaves are becoming more regular.
WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas was speaking to reporters on Tuesday at the COP25 United Nations climate change conference in Madrid where he announced the organization's assessment of the global climate.
According to EcoWatch, The report found that the mean temperatures for January through October 2019 were around 1.1 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and that 2019 would likely be the second or third warmest year on record, meaning the past five years "are now nearly certain" to be the five warmest years on the books.
The report mentioned greater than 10 million individuals have been internally displaced within the first half of 2019 - seven million immediately attributable to excessive climate occasions equivalent to storms, flooding and drought. National records were also set in Germany (42.6°C), the Netherlands (40.7°C), Belgium (41.8°C), Luxembourg (40.8°C) and the United Kingdom (38.7°C), with the heat also extending into the Nordic countries, where Helsinki had its highest temperature on record (33.2°C on 28 July).More news: Why is Liam Hemsworths recent Instagram photo being called a ‘thirst-trap?
In addition to conflicts, insecurity and economic slowdowns and downturns, climate variability and extreme weather events are among the key drivers of the recent rise in global hunger and one of the leading causes of severe food crises.
The WMO's report echoed the annual emissions gap report by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released last week, which said that countries must make an unprecedented effort to cut their levels of greenhouse gases in the next decade to avoid climate chaos.
In October, the global mean sea level reached its highest on record, fueled by the 329 billion tons of ice lost from the Greenland ice sheet in 12 months. The press release also notes how sea levels have continued to rise since satellite measurements began collecting data on sea levels in 1993. Sea water is also 26% more acidic than at the beginning of the industrial age, as the ocean absorbs heat and carbon dioxide, and marine heatwaves have become more prevalent.
The worrying trend of global warming can be ascertained from the fact that each successive decade, since the 1980s, has been warmer than the preceding decade.More news: The United States could be facing a French fry shortage
An annual assessment of the Earth's climate by the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization (WMO) underscored the stakes at two weeks of talks aimed at shoring up the 2015 Paris Agreement to avert catastrophic global warming. "2019 will conclude the warmest decade in records that stretch back to the mid-19th century".
Many parts of the world experienced unusual levels of warmth this year.
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