We’re living in hottest decade on record, says UN

03 Décembre, 2019, 19:55 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Climate change Last decade 'almost certainly' warmest

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.

According to the report, 7 million internal displacements were recorded between January and June 2019 which were triggered by hazard events which also included displacements caused by Cyclone Fani which hit Odisha coast in May and was the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the state since 1999.

The report is released as countries meet in Madrid for the latest round of United Nations climate negotiations, known as "Cop25", amid pressure to increase their ambitions to cut the greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change.

But delegates at the United Nations climate conference now taking place in Madrid face an uphill battle in persuading some of the world's major emitters to embrace the kind of radical change that experts, such as WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas, say is needed.

The assessment warns concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached new record levels in 2019.

Arctic sea ice approached record lows in September and October of this year. "Heatwaves and floods which used to be "once in a century" events are becoming more regular occurrences".

"This is climate change and not a coincidence". The agreement calls for limiting the global average temperature rise this century to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, while pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.

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Sea level rise has accelerated since the start of satellite measurements in 1993 because of the melting of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, and seawater is 26 percent more acidic than at the start of the industrial era, says the report. "Wildfires swept through the Arctic and Australia".

"Our economic activities continue to use the atmosphere as a waste dump for greenhouse gases", said Joeri Rogelj, Grantham Lecturer in Climate Change at Imperial College London.

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

Friederike Otto, deputy director of the College of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute, mentioned 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.

Christian Aid's global climate lead Kat Kramer said the WMO report showed the need for concrete progress in Madrid.

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