Reaching Mars, failing Earth

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).

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Paul Smith

Paul is a veteran journalist, non-fiction author and writing mentor. He has also served on boards ranging from TVNZ to UNESCO.