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World Meteorological Organization issues catastrophic warning

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The past seven years have been the warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization, which has issued a warning that we are entering “unknown territory” in climate change.

The United Nations-affiliated body said that, based on data for the first nine months of 2021, this year will likely be between the fifth and seventh warmest year on record. And that’s just because the cooling effect of the phenomenon of The girl lowered temperatures earlier this year.

The average temperature for this year was 1.09 degrees Celsius higher than during pre-industrial times, while the average temperature between 2002 and 2021 exceeded the 1 Celsius threshold above the mid-19th century, according to the WMO.

This relentless warming trend, according to the WMO warning, will have dire consequences around the world for years to come, and our ability to keep warming at a manageable level will be compromised by a lack of meaningful action on the climate.

“Extreme events are the new norm,” said WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas. “There is growing scientific evidence that some of them bear the imprint of human-induced climate change.”

Warning for a sum of climate catastrophes

Prolonged droughts, frequent heat waves, devastating forest fires, rising sea levels, increased ocean acidification and routine poor harvests are some of the results of relentless warming, experts say.

Alarmingly, by the end of the century, sea level rise could exceed two meters, potentially displacing around 630 million people worldwide, perhaps more.

“The consequences of this are unimaginable,” said Jonathan Bamber, director of the Bristol Glaciology Center. “What is needed now is deep and comprehensive action by each national and state actor to limit a wider and deeper climate collapse,” he emphasized.

Every corner of the planet will be affected by climate change and urgent action to mitigate its effects is vitally important, experts say.

“From the depths of the ocean to the tops of mountains, from melting glaciers to relentless extreme weather events, ecosystems and communities around the world are being devastated,” said Antonio Guterres, secretary general of the world body on alert.

Guterres added that the ongoing COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, “must be a turning point for people and the planet,” during which world leaders must chart meaningful climate mitigation plans.

By Daniel T. Cross. Article in English

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