2019 Was Second-hottest Year In Recorded History: UN

2019 was second-hottest year in recorded history: UN

The United Nations said Wednesday that the past decade was the hottest on record, with 2019 confirmed as the second-hottest year in history

UNITED NATIONS, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Jan, 2020 ) :The United Nations said Wednesday that the past decade was the hottest on record, with 2019 confirmed as the second-hottest year in history. The hottest year ever recorded was 2016.

"The average global temperature has risen by about 1.1C since the pre-industrial era and ocean heat content is at a record level," Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), said.

"On the current path of carbon dioxide emissions, we are heading towards a temperature increase of 3 to 5 degrees Celsius by the end of century." The WMO's findings are based on leading data sets from around the world.

"The year 2020 has started out where 2019 left off, with high-impact weather and climate-related events," said Taalas. "Unfortunately, we expect to see much extreme weather throughout 2020 and the coming decades, fueled by record levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

" Taalas pointed specifically to the bushfires ravaging Australia, which have killed at least 28 people, displaced tens of thousands, and killed up to 1 billion animals.

The UN has said that man-made emissions need to decrease by 7.6% a year until 2030 in order to limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degree Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), a pledge that many nations signed off on in the Paris climate agreement. Modern weather record keeping began in 1850.

WMO said that 2019 and the past decade also were characterized by retreating ice, record sea levels, increasing ocean heat and acidification, and extreme weather, all of which have "major impacts" on human health and the natural environment.

Meanwhile, the New Year began where 2019 left off, according to Taalas.

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