Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

WMO: 2019 rounds off a bleak decade for the climate

WMO: 2019 rounds off a bleak decade for the climate

A senior WMO official said the rate of sea level rise in the Sunderbans was among the highest in the world, touching 8mm a year in contrast to the global average of 3 to 4mm a year.

Taalas said this at the United Nations climate summit in Madrid, Spain, on Tuesday, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

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Each of the last four decades has been hotter than the last.

The agency also finds that 2019 is on track to be the second or third warmest year in history, with the global average temperature during January through October, roughly 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial era.

In Germany, meanwhile, a sustained summer heatwave and drought along with average temperatures almost three degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal over a four-month stretch resulted in 1,250 premature deaths and losses of $5 billion, mostly in agriculture.

Noting that the year 2019 concludes a decade of exceptional global heat, retreating ice and record sea levels driven by greenhouse gases (GHG) from human activities, the report highlighted how the world is fast exhausting its carbon budget by consistently increasing concentration of GHG in the atmosphere. The WMO statement warns ice is melting, sea levels are rising at record rates, and floods and heatwaves are becoming more regular.

The WMO's provisional statement notes that Asia and the Pacific are the two regions most likely to suffer disaster displacement of people due to both sudden and slow-onset disasters.

When it comes to internal displacements due to extreme weather conditions, the report revealed that over 10 million people were internally displaced in the first half of 2019 out of which 7 million directly due to the harsh weather.

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At reliable 1C hotter than pre-industrial cases, 2019 has already considered deadly heatwaves in Europe, Australia and Japan, superstorms devastate southeast Africa, and wildfires rage uncontrolled in Australia and California.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Local weather Change (IPCC) final 12 months outlined how very important it was for mankind to goal for a safer cap of 1.5C- ideally by slashing greenhouse fuel emissions and retooling the worldwide financial system in direction of renewable power.

For more on this, eNCA speaks to Professor Francis Engelbrecht from the Wits University, Global Change Institute. CO2 lasts in the atmosphere for centuries and the ocean for even longer, thus locking in climate change.

Even when all Paris pledges have been honoured, Earth continues to be on the right track to be greater than 3C hotter by the top of the century.

Some of those attending the meeting say the WMO report would help concentrate minds on dealing with the root causes of climate change.

"There's never a indication of a recede out of the warming", Taalas told reporters.

No senior members of the Trump administration are in attendance at this year's climate negotiations in Madrid. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with a 15-member congressional delegation and a diplomatic team, are representing the United States.

"Delegates have no excuse to block progress or drag their feet when the science is showing how urgently action is needed", she mentioned.

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