Record greenhouse gas emissions are driving global temperatures to dangerous levels. This is the dire conclusion in the latest World Meteorological Organisation report, WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate In 2018. The WMO is part of the United Nations.
The WMO report highlights record sea level rises, as well as high land and ocean temperatures. In fact, these have been the warmest recorded over the past four years. And the consequences? Natural disasters, most notably floods, affected nearly 62 million people in 2018. Typhoons and hurricanes have become ‘super’ typhoons and ‘super’ hurricanes in their damaging impact. And then there have been heatwaves.
While these events make graphic headlines, accelerating sea level rises, shrinking sea ice, and soaring carbon dioxide levels do not. Yet they directly put pressure on food security. The report says the number of undernourished people increased to 821 million just last year. This was partly due to severe drought associated with the strong El Nino of 2015-2016.
SOURCE: Tony French. “Climate change: we all care!” Social Policy Connections, 02 April 2019.
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