Earth’s rising seas and warming weather are getting worse and are happening faster than earlier. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) mentioned on Sunday in a note as world leaders began gathering for international climate negotiations.
The most recent State of the Global Climate report is a chronicle of climate chaos, Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, said.
In the annual climate report, the UN’s weather agency mentioned that the rise in the sea level in the past decade was double what it had been in the 1990s. Besides, since January 2020, the sea level has risen higher than that. Since the beginning of this decade, the world’s seas have increased to five millimetres yearly compared to 2.1 millimetres in the 1990s.
The last eight years are the warmest on record.
This year’s global mean temperature has been estimated to be 1.15 degrees Celsius above the average in the pre-industrial era (1850-1900), making the eight years (starting from 2015) the warmest, the WMO reported.
The report titled “WMO Provisional State of the Global Climate 2022,” released on Sunday at the 27th Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC, highlighted that the rate of sea level rise has reportedly doubled since 1993. It has been rising by almost 10 mm since 2020 (January) to hit a new record high in 2022.
The report mentioned that the past two-and-a-half years account for 10% of the overall rise in the sea level as satellite measurements started close to 30 years ago.
References: The National News, PBSO, Market Watch