U.N: We're living in the 'warmest decade on record


THIS decade is set to be the hottest in history, the United Nations said today in an annual assessment outlining the ways in which climate change is outpacing humanity's ability to adapt to it.

According to the WMO provisional statement of the state of the climate 2019, the global mean temperature for the first ten months was more than one degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels and past five years are most likely to be the five warmest years on record.

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2018 of 407.8 parts per million and increased further in 2019.

Though it may not breach the level of 2016, the average temperatures for the five-year (2015-2019) and ten-year (2010-2019) are "almost certain to be the highest on record".

The world's seas at the moment are 1 / 4 extra acidic than 150 years in the past, threatening important marine ecosystems upon which billions of individuals rely for meals and jobs.

And the rate at which sea levels are rising has increased as a result of melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, reaching new highs this year.

Every of the final four a few years has been hotter than the final.

And far from climate change being a phenomenon for future generations to confront, the effects of humanity's insatiable, growth-at-any cost consumption means millions are already counting the damage.

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And the WMO report also emphasized that weather disasters have displaced millions of people this year. The heat waves and floods which used to be "once in a century" events are becoming more regular occurrences. "Wildfires swept through the Arctic and Australia", said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. COP25 renews the call to join forces to adopt the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims at curbing the rise in global temperatures to a maximum of two degrees Celsius.

"The year 2019 concludes a decade of exceptional global heat, retreating ice and record sea levels driven by greenhouse gases from human activities", the agency said.

Global locations are now in wanted talks in Madrid geared toward finalising tips for the 2015 Paris climate accord, which enjoins nations to work to limit world temperature rises to "successfully beneath" 2C.

And whereas governments spend a whole lot of billions of subsidising fossil fuels, there seems to be no consensus in Madrid over how worldwide locations already coping with climate-related disaster can fund efforts to adapt to the brand new actuality.

"The rising temperatures, the warming oceans, ocean acidification and different indicators are the logical outcome of this inaction and this could fear us deeply". The longer climate action is delayed the greater the cuts will be required.

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 isn't the kind of thing as a matter that this 1.1 degree is attributable to the burning of fossil fuels", he acknowledged.