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Last four years were hottest on record UN

The Last Four Years Have Been the Hottest Ever Recorded: UN

NEW YORK – The last four years have been the hottest since the beginning of global temperature surveys, confirmed the UN in an analysis which also said that it was a “clear sign of continued and long-term climate change”, Al Jazeera reported Thursday.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a global organization, said in November that 2018 would be the fourth hottest year in its history, underscoring the urgent need to take action to tackle the spiralling global warming.
On Wednesday, he incorporated the last weeks of 2018 into his climate models and concluded that the average surface temperature of the planet last year was one degree Celsius above preindustrial reference levels.
According to WMO records dating back to the 19th century, 2016 was the hottest year – boosted by a mighty El Nino that normally shifts mercury north – before 2015 and 2017, with a fourth place in 2018.
The 20 warmest years in history have all occurred in the last 22 years, but according to WMO reports, the heat is expected to reach levels that most governments consider dangerous for Earth.
“The long-term trend of temperatures is much greater than the rankings of the years, and this trend is on the rise,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.
“The degree of warming over the past four years has been exceptional, both on land and in the ocean.”
WMO has indicated that high temperatures have also contributed to a number of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, droughts and flash floods.
“Many extreme weather events correspond to what we expect from a change in climate, which is the reality we face,” said Taalas.
The UN body also said that 2019 had resumed its cruising pace, but that Australia had its hottest January in its history. He warned that intense heat waves “are becoming more and more frequent because of climate change”.
“The effects of global warming in the long term are already being felt: coastal flooding, heat waves, intense rainfall and changes in ecosystems,” said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The US Space Agency provides data to WMO.
(Sahar News/Monitoring Desk)

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