COP26: Planet Going into the Unknown (OMM)

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said that record-breaking concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and their associated heat have pushed the planet into uncharted territory, with far-reaching implications for present and future generations.

In an interim report on the state of the global climate in 2021, the WMO noted that the past seven years are on track to become the warmest seven on record.

Due to the temporary cooling caused by the “La Nia” event recorded at the beginning of the year, 2021 should be only the fifth to seventh warmest year on record, a figure that does not indicate a reversal of the trend. Upward trend in temperature.

Global sea level rise has accelerated since 2013 to reach a new high in 2021, with continued warming and acidification of the oceans, the same source adds.

Made public at the end of the handover ceremony of the COP Presidency between COP25 President Carolina Schmidt and COP26 President Alok Sharma, the report combines contributions from national and scientific experts from several United Nations agencies, meteorological and hydrological services.

It is based on the most recent scientific data to show how our planet is changing before our very eyes. From ocean depths to mountain tops, melting glaciers to frequent extreme weather events, ecosystems and communities around the world have been devastated.

Published ahead of talks scheduled for COP26, the report provides an overview of climate indicators such as greenhouse gas concentrations, temperatures, extreme weather events, sea levels, warming and acidification. oceans, retreating glaciers and melting ice, as well as socio-economic impacts.

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