The UN warns of more extreme weather ahead after the hottest decade on record. The past decade has been the hottest on record, the UN said on Wednesday (Jan 15), warning that the higher temperatures were expected to fuel numerous extreme weather events in 2020 and beyond.
The World Meteorological Organization, which based its findings on analysis of leading international data sets, said increases in global temperatures had already had dire consequences, pointing to “retreating ice, record sea levels, increasing ocean heat and acidification, and extreme weather”.
WMO said its research also confirmed data released by the European Union’s climate monitor last week showing that 2019 was the second hottest year on record, after 2016.“The year 2020 has started out where 2019 left off – with high-impact weather and climate-related events,” WMO chief Petteri Ta alas said in a statement, pointing in particular to the devastating bush fires that have been raging in Australia for months.
The bush fires, unprecedented in their duration and intensity, have claimed 28 lives and highlighted the type of disasters that scientists say the world will increasingly face due to global warming. The UN agency said that average global temperatures during both the past five-year (2015-2019) and 10-year (2010-2019) periods were the highest ever recorded.
“Since the 1980s each decade has been warmer than the previous one,” the UN agency said in a statement, warning that “this trend is expected to continue if we people still treat the world like this. In the race of creating this world artificially beautiful we people forget about nature’s own natural beauty.Global warming is the most serious issue around the whole world and this will not only affect human beings but the animals, plants and other organisms also.
The United Nations said last year that “man-made greenhouse gas emissions needed to tumble 7.6 per cent each year to 2030 in order to limit temperature rises to 1.5 Celsius “- the more ambitious cap nations signed up to in the landmark Paris climate deal.
Current pledges to cut emissions put Earth on a path of several degrees warming by the end of the century.