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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. 

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19 April 2019

UN Officials call for increased action to combat climate change citing WMO report

Author: UN News

"New UN Global Climate report 'another stong wake-up call' over global warming: Guterres", 28 March, 2019

"The increasing number of natural disasters and dangers linked to climate change, highlighted in a major UN report... represents "another strong wake-up call" to the world, which must be countered by finding sustainable solutions quickly," [said] UN Secretary-General António Guterres... Guterres called on Heads of State to attend his climate action summit in New York on 23 September... “Don’t come with a speech, come with a plan...A growing number of governments, cities and businesses…already understand that climate solutions can strengthen our economies, improve air quality and public health and protect our environment.” [But] much more radical steps must be taken... [Guterres said] “this means ending subsidies for fossil fuels and high-emitting, unsustainable agriculture, and shifting towards renewable energy, electric vehicles and climate-smart practices... carbon pricing that reflects the true cost of emissions...[and] accelerating the closure of coal plants, halting plans for new ones, and replacing those jobs with healthier alternatives, so the transformation is just, inclusive and profitable.” President of the General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, said...  the report “makes an important contribution to our combined international action to focus attention on this very critical problem.”... WMO said that the temperature rise last year, came despite the agreement by the international community in December 2015 in Paris... carbon dioxide levels were at 357 parts per million (ppm) in 1994, rising to 405.5 ppm in 2017... [On 28 March] the General Assembly held a High-Level meeting on climate change and sustainable development, including panel discussions on synergies between the two, and how the two agendas can be brought together in terms of concrete action... "We all can reduce our carbon footprint everyday: in terms of the food we consume, the clothes we use, the transport we choose and the garbage we generate”, said Ms. Espinosa.

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19 April 2019

WMO statement on the state of the global climate in 2018

Author: World Meteorological Organization, 2019

The 2019 edition of the WMO Statement on the State of Global Climate] treating data for 2018 marks sustained international efforts dedicated to reporting on, analysing and understanding the year-to-year variations and long-term trends of a changing climate.... Key findings of the Statement include the striking consecutive record warming recorded from 2015 through 2018, the continuous upward trend in the atmospheric concentration of the major greenhouse gases, the increasing rate of sea-level rise and the loss of sea ice in both northern and southern polar regions... This current publication includes some of [the linkage between the observed climate variability and change and associated impact on societies]  that have been recorded in recent years, in particular from 2015 to 2018, a period that experienced a strong influence of the El Niño and La Niña phenomena in addition to the long-term climate changes... Global temperature has risen to close to 1 °C above the pre-industrial period. "The time remaining to achieve commitments under the Paris agreement is quickly running out.  This report will inform the United Nations Secretary-General’s 2019 Climate Action Summit." [said P. Taalas, Secretary General of the WMO]... [A. Guterres,UN secretary-General, is] "convening a Climate Action Summit on 23 September. The Summit aims to mobilize the necessary political will for raising ambition as we work to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement" ... "This wide ranging and significant report by the World Meteorological Organization clearly underlines the need for urgent action on climate change and shows the value of authoritative scientific data to inform governments in their decision-making process." [said Maria Fernanda Esponosa Garces, President of the UN General Assembly]. 

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