Climate in ‘uncharted territory’

The World Meteorological Organisation’s new report findings summarised here record unprecedented maxima in sea ice loss in both the Antarctic and Arctic, unprecedented heat waves in the Arctic, unprecedented rate of sea level rise five times the recent rate and CO2 levels in the global atmosphere not seen since 4 million years ago.

“Climate change harms people most directly by increasing the risk of extreme weather events and the WMO report states that these raised risks can increasingly be calculated. For example, the Arctic heatwaves are made tens of times more likely and the soaring temperatures seen in Australia in February were made twice as likely.”

Here is the BBC’s short article with maps and graphics about the same WMO report that 2016 was the hottest year on record,  a trend that is continuing into 2017.

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