Climate Change Is Officially Speeding Up, Scientists Warn
A new study has found that global warming is speeding up at a worrying rate.
Recent research by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which gives an update about the earth's warming climate, found that the five-year period from 2014 to 2019 is the warmest on record.
The data found that sea levels have risen dramatically during the period, while C02 emissions have hit dangerous levels.
The WMO say that efforts to cut carbon must be accelerated immediately. The paper notes that while global temperatures have risen by 1.1C since 1850, 0.2C of this came in the four years between 2011 and 2015.
To add to this, the average rate of sea levels rising since 1993 has been 3.2mm per year, however in the four years from May 2014 to 2019 the rise has increased to 5mm per year. Shocking stuff really...
"Sea-level rise has accelerated and we are concerned that an abrupt decline in the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, which will exacerbate future rise," said Petteri Taalas, WMO secretary general Petteri Taalas.
"As we have seen this year with tragic effect in the Bahamas and Mozambique, sea-level rise and intense tropical storms led to humanitarian and economic catastrophes."
This echoes research from June which highlighted the effects of climate change by looking at what the temperature of the world's 520 major cities will look like in the futuristic date and comparing them with their current-day equivalent.
If found that in three decades time, London will feel like a modern day Barcelona, Birmingham and Edinburgh will feel like Paris, while Cardiff and Manchester will feel much like Uruguay's capital, Montevideo.
Temperatures in Leeds will have it feeling like a current-day Melbourne.
On Friday (20th) a predicted 4 million people turned out for the Global Climate Strikes, covering over 2,500 events in 163 countries across the globe.
And with these worrying progressions, there seems no better time to be taking action.
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