Global temperatures are growing consistently upward, creating pressure on the climate at Arctic region and having “profound and long-lasting repercussions on sea levels, and on weather patterns in other parts of the world,” the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has said.
Its analysis found that while 2016 was the warmest year on record, 2017 was warmest for years without an El-Nino. Their temperature levels were 1.2 ° C and 1.1° C above the pre-industrial level temperatures.
“The long-term temperature trend is far more important than the ranking of individual years, and that trend is an upward one,” Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said.
“We are getting dangerously close to the limit of the 2°C temperature rise set out in the Paris Agreement and the desired goal of 1.5° will be even more difficult to maintain under present levels of greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.
The current century has had 17 or the 18 warmest years ever recorded, shows data.
The agency pointed out that the effects of climate change go beyond rising temperatures.
“The warmth in 2017 was accompanied by extreme weather in many countries around the world,” he said.
While the United States had its most expensive year ever in terms of weather and climate disasters, other countries saw their development slowed or reversed by tropical cyclones, floods and drought, he said.