2017 is on course to be one of the three warmest years on record – alongside the last two years, according to preliminary reports from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).
The findings were presented at the opening of the COP23 talks in Bonn, Germany, the follow-up to the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, in the WMO’s annual ‘State of the Global Climate‘ report. WikiTribune outlined the agenda for the Berlin in this earlier report.
The WMO attributed the global temperature rise to human activity. Secretary General Petteri Taalas said in a statement that the data, alongside extreme weather events of recent years, “bear the tell-tale sign of climate change caused by increased greenhouse gas concentrations from human activities.”
Some scientists are also expressing their concern with the impact humans are having on the planet. Martin Siegert, co-director of the Grantham Institute at Imperial College told The Guardian the “state of our climate is being reset by humans. What were once one-in-a-hundred-year events are now turning into regular events.”
The results are only preliminary, based on the first nine months, but the WMO report predicts 2017 will be the hottest year outside of the natural ‘El Nino’ cycle.
Also in the statement, Taalas spoke of the global extreme weather we are experiencing already, “including temperatures topping 50 degrees Celsius in Asia, record-breaking hurricanes in rapid succession in the Caribbean and Atlantic reaching as far as Ireland, devastating monsoon flooding affecting many millions of people and a relentless drought in East Africa.” WMO attribute this to the rise of global temperatures, which is set to be 1.1 degrees Celsius higher than the pre-industrial climate.