2016 likely to be hottest year on record: WMO

MARRAKECH: The year 2016, which brought new national temperature records for India when Phalodi in Rajasthan had recorded 51 degree Celsius on May 19, is “very likely” to be the hottest year on record.

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said the average global temperatures in 2016 would even be higher than the record-breaking temperatures in 2015, it means 16 of the 17 hottest years on record have been this century (The other record year was 1998).

“Preliminary data shows that 2016’s global temperatures are approximately 1.2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels”, said the WMO in its provisional report released during the ongoing UN climate conference here on Monday. The release of report here assumes significance when nations from across the globe are assembled here to discuss ways and means to implement the Paris Agreement which is meant for collective actions to keep the average global temperature rise below 2 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100.

The WMO report will certainly show an urgency of such collective actions as it highlighted how many countries had already seen extreme temperature events. Though it noted that the temperature spiked in the early months of the year because of the powerful El Nino event of 2015-16, the contribution of the overall global warming cannot be ruled out.

“Another year. Another record. The high temperatures we saw in 2015 are set to be beaten in 2016,” said WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas. He said, “The extra heat from the powerful El Nino event has disappeared. The heat from global warming will continue”.
The remark is also a signal to the climate sceptics who do not believe in the phenomena of
climate change. Such groups have already started making public comments over such phenomena in the wake of Donal Trump’s win in the US presidential election. Since the US President-elect had called climate change a “hoax” and even threatened to withdraw from the Paris Agreement during his campaign, the entire debate around the Trump’s win has already clouded mood of negotiators here during the COP22 (Conference of Parties) climate conference as no one seems to be sure of the action of new US president next year.


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