The latest “United in Science” report provides an overview of the most recent science related to climate change, impacts and responses from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and partner organizations. At a time when urgent action to address climate change is needed, the report provides unified scientific information to inform decision-makers and highlights some of the physical and socioeconomic impacts of the current and projected climate.
The concentration of GHGs continue to climb to record highs. Emissions from burning fossil fuels, after a temporary dip, currently lies above the level of before the pandemic. To achieve the 1.5°C Goal of the Paris Climate Accords, it’ll be necessary for pre-2030 emission reduction targets to be seven times higher.
The last seven years were the warmest ever measured. There’s a 48% chance that in the next five years, the average annual temperature ️, within the space of one calendar year, will temporarily rise 1.5°C higher than the average temperature between 1850-1900.
Urban ️ Climate
Cities, where 55% of the world’s population lives, are responsible for 70% of the human GHG emissions, and are themselves very vulnerable to the knock on effects of climate change.
Global warming and extreme weather ☁️ conditions
“Rapidly accelerating climate disruption means that no one is safe from disasters such as floods, droughts, heatwaves, extreme storms, wildfires or sea level rise. The answer lies in urgent climate action, yet we continue to feed our fossil fuel addiction and to compromise the livelihoods of future generations.” UN-secretary-general António Guterres.
Early Warning ⚠️ Systems
“Climate science is increasingly able to show that many of the extreme weather events that we are experiencing have become more likely and more intense due to human-induced climate change. It is more important than ever that we scale up action on early warning systems to build resilience to current and future climate risks in vulnerable communities.” WMO Secretary-general, prof. Petteri Taalas
More information on the WMO site
The science is clear – urgent action is needed to mitigate the human related Carbon-equivalent emissions and also adapt to our naturally changing climate. What we do with this information is our very own responsibility: the clue behind any&every success in this world lies in the word United…
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