Yey! We reached the red planet. Arid place, clearly had its day. Is our lovely blue planet on the same track?
Here’s an informative sample of climate change research in 2018:
Global average temperature for the first ten months of this year was nearly 1°C above the pre-industrial baseline (1850-1900).
Greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide concentrations reached new highs.
Ocean heat – the highest or second highest on record. Global Mean Sea Level from January to July 2018 was around 2 to 3 mm higher than the same period in 2017.
Tropical Storms – 70 reported by 20th November, compared to the long-term average of 53.Many casualties.
Floods and rainfall: Widespread and often fatal, the same for lingering drought and massive wildfires.
World hunger – climate events had the biggest impact on acute food insecurity and malnutrition in 2017, affecting 59 million people in 24 countries and requiring urgent humanitarian action.
Source: World Meteorological Organization (WMO).