World Meteorological Organisation report
In light of the ongoing UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Madrid, Spain, the World Meteorological Organisation has released its annual report predicting a grim outlook for the global climate change. Some of the reports highlights are as follows:
- Marine heat-waves are to become more common.
- The average temperatures of both 10 year and 5 year periods are highest on record and the trend would most probably continue.
- Marine ecosystem is being degraded due to ocean’s increasing acidity. The ocean water acidity has risen by 26% compared to the start of the industrial era.
- 2019 set to become the 2nd or 3rd warmest year recorded.
- Arctic and Antarctic ice saw record low levels this year.
- Over 820 million people suffered from hunger in 2018. Climate change was noted as the key factor in this issue.
- Displacement of millions of people because of weather related disasters.