New report on climate change shows the last five years are the warmest on record

A report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) shows that the “tell-tale signs” of climate change all increased over the last five years.

These include sea level rises, ice loss and extreme weather.

The report called The Global Climate revealed from 2015-2019 is the hottest five-year period on record.

The global average temperature has increased by 1.1°C since the pre-industrial period, and by 0.2°C compared to 2011-2015.

Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary-General, said:

“Climate change causes and impacts are increasing rather than slowing down.
“Sea level rise has accelerated and we are concerned that an abrupt decline in the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, which will exacerbate future rise.
“As we have seen this year with tragic effect in the Bahamas and Mozambique, sea level rise and intense tropical storms led to humanitarian and economic catastrophes.
“The challenges are immense. Besides mitigation of climate change, there is a growing need to adapt.
“It is highly important that we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, notably from energy production, industry and transport.”

Climate change and extreme events

According to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, over the period 2015 to 2017, 62 of the 77 events reported show a significant anthropogenic influence on the event’s occurrence, including almost every study of a significant heatwave. An increasing number of studies are also finding a human influence on the risk of extreme rainfall events.

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