Global warming has accelerated over the last 10 years sparking serious problems such as severe flooding.
A report by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says this year has been one of the hottest ever recorded which has led to some extreme weather globally.
It reveals the year 2019 concludes a decade of exceptional global heat along with melting ice and record sea levels driven by greenhouse gases from human activities.
Average temperatures for the five-year (2015-2019) and ten-year (2010-2019) periods are almost certain to be the highest on record with 2019 on course to be the second or third warmest year on record.
WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said: “On a day-to-day basis the impacts of climate change play out through extreme and “abnormal” weather. And, once again in 2019, weather and climate-related risks hit hard. Heatwaves and floods which used to be “once in a century” events are becoming more regular occurrences. One of the main impacts of climate change is more erratic rainfall patterns. This poses a threat to crop yields and, combined with population increase, will mean considerable food security challenges for vulnerable countries in the future.”
The central USA, northern Canada, northern Russia and southwest Asia all suffered abnormally high rainfall. The 12-month rainfall averaged over parts of the United States for the period for July 2018 to June 2019 (962 mm) was the highest on record.
For more on this please go to https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/2019-concludes-decade-of-exceptional-global-heat-and-high-impact-weather
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