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World Meteorological Organization reports shows increased global temperature & extreme weather affecting lives & sustainable development worldwide

This publication marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate, which was first issued in 1994... It complements the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) five-to-seven year reporting cycle in producing updated information for the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change and other climate-related policy frameworks...

Key findings include: 

  • 2018 was the fourth warmest year on record 2015–2018 were the four warmest years on record as the long-term warming trend continues
  • Ocean heat content is at a record high and global mean sea level continues to rise Artic and Antarctic sea-ice extent is well below average
  • Extreme weather had an impact on lives and sustainable development on every continent
  • Average global temperature reached approximately 1 °C above pre-industrial levels We are not on track to meet climate change targets and rein in temperature increases

Multiple UN officials, including UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, President of the UN General assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, and WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas, have called on the international community, conutires, and businesses to come together to act on climate change.