Global warming shows no signs of giving up.
The years 2015 to 2019 and 2010 to 2019 "are, respectively, almost the hottest period of five years and decade ever recorded," the World Meteorological Organization said in a report released Tuesday.
"Since the 1980s, each successive decade has been warmer than the last," the agency said.
2019 concludes a decade of exceptional global warmth, receding the ice and recording sea levels driven by greenhouse gases from human activities, according to the WMO.
"If we do not take urgent climate action now, we will be heading for a temperature increase of more than 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century, with increasingly damaging impacts on human welfare," WMO said. Secretary General Petteri Taalas. "We are nowhere near meeting the Paris Agreement target."
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Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations – the greenhouse gas most responsible for global warming – reached a record level of 407.8 parts per million in 2018 and continued to rise in 2019. Carbon dioxide has lasted in the atmosphere for centuries and years. in the ocean longer, thus blocking climate change, the WMO said.
And 2019 itself is on its way to being the second or third hottest year on record, with 2016 still holding the all-time temperature record.
This year was warmer than average in most parts of the world, including the Arctic.
"In contrast, a large area of North America has been colder than the recent average," the WMO said.
Taalas said: “In everyday life, the impacts of climate change happen with extreme and 'abnormal' climate. And once again in 2019, climate and climate risks are difficult.
"Hot flashes and floods that used to be events" once in a century "are becoming more regular occurrences. Countries ranging from the Bahamas to Japan and Mozambique have suffered the effect of devastating tropical cyclones. Forest fires have hit the Arctic and Australia ".
The WMO annual report, which gathers data from various national weather agencies and research organizations, also highlighted the impacts of climate change, including declining sea ice and rising sea levels, which have reached their highest level this year since High precision measurements began in 1993.
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