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December 3, 2019 - Average temperatures from 2010-2019 look set to make it the warmest decade on record, preliminary findings by the World Meteorological Organization suggest.
An annual assessment of the Earth’s climate by the Geneva-based organization said global temperatures so far this year were 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average, putting 2019 on course to be in the top three warmest years ever recorded.
The warming experienced over the past decade is taking its toll on the natural world. The ice is melting at both poles and sea level rise has accelerated since the start of satellite measurements in 1993.
The world's seas are now a quarter more acidic than 150 years ago, threatening vital marine ecosystems upon which billions of people rely for food and jobs.
Climate change is also a key driver of the recent rise in global hunger, with more than 820 million people affected in 2018.
The number of newly displaced people as a result of weather extremes could reach 22 million by the end of 2019.
An annual assessment of the WMO underscored the stakes at two weeks of talks in Madrid aimed at shoring up the 2015 Paris Agreement to avert catastrophic global warming.
- Earths temperature likely marks hottest decade on record: report (Reuters)
- Climate change: Last decade on course to be warmest (BBC)
- 2010s hottest decade in history, UN says as emissions rise again (AFP)
- WMO Provisional Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019
- 2019: close to record-breaking year (Metoffice)
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