Coinciding with the opening of the COP27 conference… a shocking UN report on the heat

Coinciding with the opening of the COP27 conference… a shocking UN report on the heat
Coinciding with the opening of the COP27 conference… a shocking UN report on the heat

Coinciding with the opening of the COP27 conference… a shocking UN report on the heat

Coinciding with the opening of the Conference of the Parties on climatecup 27The United Nations revealed details of the rapid increase in the pace of global warming in a report today, Sunday, noting that if expectations for 2022 are confirmed, the last eight years will be hotter than any year before 2015 .

The World Meteorological Organization pointed to accelerating sea-level rise, melting glaciers, torrential rains, heat waves and the deadly disasters they are causing in a video clip broadcast in Sharm El-Sheikh on Sunday, according to AFP, according to AFP.

Greater than 1.1°C

The UN report also showed that the Earth’s temperature has increased by more than 1.1 degrees Celsius since the late nineteenth century, and almost half of that warming has occurred in the past thirty years. And 2022 is on the verge of becoming the fifth or sixth warmest year on record, despite the impact of La Niña since 2020, a cyclical natural phenomenon in the Pacific that is causing air temperatures to drop.

For his part, the UN Secretary-General commented on the report in a video clip broadcast in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, saying that “as the COP27 conference begins, our planet faces an emergency call.” describes the report as “a narrative of climate chaos.”

For his part, the director-general of the World Meteorological Organization, Petteri Taalas, emphasized that “the higher the warming, the worse the effects”.

He also pointed out that the surface waters of the oceans, which absorb more than 90% of the heat accumulated by human activities, recorded record highs in 2021 and their temperature increased rapidly, especially in the last twenty years.

Heat waves at sea also increased, devastating coral reefs and half a billion people who depend on the oceans for food and livelihood. In general, 55 percent of sea surface waters experienced at least one marine heatwave in 2022, according to the report. The pace of sea level rise has doubled over the past 30 years due to melting rivers and ice sheets, threatening tens of millions of people living in low-lying coastal areas.

Biggest Leap

“The messages in this report couldn’t be darker,” said Mike Meredith, senior scientist at the British Antarctic Survey, adding that “record levels are being shattered around the world as different parts of the climate system collapse.”

Greenhouse gases, which are responsible for more than 95% of global warming, have reached record levels, with methane gas posting the largest jump recorded in a year, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s annual report on the state of global climate.

flood

In 2022, a series of extreme weather events, exacerbated by climate change, wreaked havoc on diverse societies around the world.

A two-month heatwave in South Asia in March and April was followed by floods in Pakistan, covering a third of the country. At least 1,700 people died and 8 million were displaced.

Coinciding with the opening of the COP27 conference… a shocking UN report on the heat

Floods and floods in Pakistan (Archives of AFP)

In East Africa, rainfall has fallen below average in four consecutive rainy seasons, the longest in 40 years, and 2022 is expected to help worsen the drought.

hot and dry

China experienced the longest and most intense heatwave on record and the second driest summer. Falling water levels disrupted or threatened trade on the Yangtze River in China, the Mississippi River in the United States, and many major rivers in Europe, which also suffered from frequent heat waves.

In the European Alps, records were broken by melting glaciers in 2022, with average thickness drops ranging from 3 to more than four meters, the highest yet.

In addition, the poor countries least responsible for climate change have suffered the most due to their vulnerability to the effects of the situation.


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