Published: Sun, March 31, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

United Nations climate expert: record of sea-level rise fest

United Nations climate expert: record of sea-level rise fest

Guterres himself called for the summit scheduled for september 23, a day before the start of the annual high-level week of the UN General Assembly, to crank up political will on climate change.

The World Meteorological Organisation has warned that the physical signs and socio-economic impacts of climate change are accelerating.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging governments to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"In a week that has seen the highest 48-hour rainfall total ever in New Zealand, it seems fitting that the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is highlighting the increasing impacts of climate change around the world".

Ocean heat hit a record high in 2018, the United Nations said Thursday, raising urgent new concerns about the threat global warming is posing to marine life.

According to the report, most of the natural hazards that affected almost 62 million people in 2018 were associated with extreme weather and climate events.

Guterres has requested the leaders to come with a plan and not a speech.

After the release of flagship report on global warming, UN's Secretary General Antonio Guterres has requested the world leaders to come to September's climate summit in NY city.

Guterres urged officials to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent compared to 2010 over the next decade, and achieve net zero emissions globally by 2050.

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More than 1,600 deaths were associated with intense heat waves and wildfires in Europe, Japan and the United States.

According to WMO, carbon dioxide levels were at 357 parts per million (ppm) in 1994, rising to 405.5 ppm in 2017.

"World hunger is on the rise and we are now talking of millions of people displaced as a result of weather and climate extremes".

WMO secretary general Doctor Petteri Taalas said Idai "may turn out to be one of the deadliest weather-related disasters to hit the southern hemisphere".

The destruction wrought by Cyclone Idai in Africa earlier this month was a stark reminder of a planet out of whack due to greenhouse gas emissions blamed for climate change, he said, describing how extreme weather a year ago disrupted a growing number of lives. This was also emphasized by the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C.

"This latest report lays bare how the impacts of climate change are now being felt in every sector and every ecosystem". Outlining the report's key findings, Professor Taalas warned of record greenhouse gas concentrations past year, that drove global temperatures towards increasingly unsafe levels.

A global review has painted a dramatic and dismal picture of our planet under climate change, as record carbon dioxide levels soar toward increasingly risky levels.

The report notes that 2018 was the fourth warmest year on record and 2015-2018 were the four warmest years on record as the long-term warming trend continues.

"The record heat in New Zealand and the Tasman Sea during summer 2017/18 is an example of what we can expect much more of in future years".

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