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2019 second hottest year on record


The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) announced on Wednesday that the global average temperature last year was the second-highest since records began in 1850, behind 2016.

The temperature was 1.1 degrees Celsius higher than pre-industrial levels.
WMO warned that the global average temperatures would rise between three and five degrees Celsius before the end of the century according to the levels of greenhouse gases.
Scientists said that climate change triggered extreme weather in 2019, such as heatwaves in Europe and Hurricane Dorian that killed at least 50 people in September last year. In the future, the world may face the El Niño phenomenon that will heat the global climate even further.
WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas warned that a lot of extreme weather is expected throughout 2020 and the coming decades, fuelled by record levels of heat trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Published : January 16, 2020

By : The Nation