The World Meteorological Organisation has delivered a sobering report on the state of global climate at COP25 in Madrid.
Nick Breeze| 3rd December 2019
Policymakers have for years relied on a get-out clause in the climate change forecasting that implied that current emissions would be removed from the atmosphere by negative emission technologies, and that we’d somehow restore the climate to an agreeable state for life on Earth.
The report from the WMO delivered today at COP25 offers no such salvation. The reality of high impact global events – drought, ecosystem collapse, forest fires, disrupted weather, ocean acidification, cyclones, floods and much more – are up on us. Temperatures are now at ~1.1ºC above the preindustrial period and atmospheric CO2 topped 407.8 parts per million in 2018.
The ocean has been storing over 90 percent of the excess energy and so masking the dangers posed. Unfortunately the mask is now slipping and we are starting to see an increase in marine heatwaves categorised as “severe” in places like the north-east
- World Meteorological Global Climate Change Report 2019
- WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019
as well as report: WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019 (PDF)