The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says that the physical and financial impacts of global warming are accelerating. Record greenhouse gas levels are driving temperatures to “increasingly dangerous levels”, it says. Their report comes in the same week as the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported a surge in CO2 in 2018. However, new data from the UK suggests Britain is bucking the trend with emissions down by 3%. This year’s State of the Climate report from the WMO is the 25th annual record of the climate.
BBC 28th March 2019 read more »
PEOPLE in Scotland are increasingly concerned about climate change and strongly support greater action across a range of sectors to tackle it, polling has revealed. The survey carried out for Stop Climate Chaos Scotland by YouGov showed that 78% of respondents are either more concerned about climate change or are as concerned as they were 12 months ago. Some 70% of respondents support Scotland taking greater action in transport, food and homes to tackle global warming. The most common reasons for concern about climate change are concern for future generations (71%), threat to wildlife (65%), natural disasters (62%), rising sea levels (60%). The results were released as the world’s leading climate scientists gathered in Edinburgh for a UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) summit. Yesterday, a UN report stressed that the world is seeing record sea level rises and devastating floods, storms, heatwaves and wildfires as climate change impacts grow.
The National 29th March 2019 read more »
Half a billion more people could be at risk from mosquito-transmitted diseases within 30 years as a result of the warming climate, according to a new study. Canada and parts of northern Europe could be newly exposed to the threat. People there could come into contact with yellow fever, Zika, dengue and chikungunya, as well as other emerging diseases. The study, published in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, finds that humans could prevent the spread of disease-carrying mosquitoes if they aggressively take actions to combat global warming.
Guardian 28th March 2019 read more »
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The world is seeing record sea level rises and devastating floods, storms, heatwaves and wildfires as climate change impacts grow, a United Nations (UN) report has said. The organisation’s secretary general Antonio Guterres said “there is no longer any time for delay” on tackling climate change as the World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) state of the climate 2018 report was published. The physical signs of climate change and the impacts on people are accelerating as record greenhouse gas concentrations drive global temperatures to increasingly dangerous levels, the report said. It details continuing increases in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere to new highs, sea levels rising at a faster rate as ice sheets melt, record hot oceans and the world’s glaciers in retreat. Last year most of the natural hazards that affected nearly 62 million people were linked to extreme weather and climate events, said the annual report, which is in its 25th year.
Independent 28th March 2019 read more »
About 62 million people worldwide were affected by extreme weather in 2018, forcing two million to move as man-made climate change worsened, the United Nations weather agency said. The World Meteorological Organisation’s annual state of the global climate report said the planet was about 1C warmer than when the industrial age started, with the past four years the warmest on record. World leaders are trying to limit warming to 2C. Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, called on them to convene in September with plans to reduce emissions from burning fuels such as coal, gas and diesel.
Times 29th March 2019 read more »