Across the globe, climate changes are raising concerns. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has done a detailed global analysis and the results are concerning. Last year, 2016 was the warmest year on record, atmospheric CO2 rose to a new high and the Arctic Sea recorded a new winter low. There changes are not stopping as we move forward in to 2017.
“This increase in global temperature is consistent with other changes occurring in the climate system,” said WMO Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas. “Globally averaged sea-surface temperatures were also the warmest on record, global sea-levels continued to rise, and Arctic sea-ice extent was well below average for most of the year,” he said.
The El Nino weather has “substantially influenced” the changes and the C)2 rise in the atmosphere. The experiences of 2016 included intense droughts in Central America, Southern, Eastern Africa and Hurricane Matthew was a devastating disaster leaving mass destruction and hundred dead in its path.
The Arctic suffered a series of heatwaves over the past winter causing the melting of sea ice.
“Even without a strong El Niño in 2017, we are seeing other remarkable changes across the planet that are challenging the limits of our understanding of the climate system. We are now in truly uncharted territory,” said David Carlson, World Climate Research Programme Director at the WMO.
“The WMO’s statement on the 2016 climate leaves no room for doubt. The much-hyped warming hiatus is over – and the ‘missing’ heat energy didn’t go missing at all. Instead, that heat went into the ocean, and we got much of it back again last year,” said Dr Phil Williamson, from the University of East Anglia.
“Human-driven climate change is now an empirically verifiable fact, combining year-to-year variability with the consequences of our release of extra greenhouse gases. Those who dispute that link are not sceptics, but anti-science deniers.”