Hottest year on record has human fingerprints all over it


The world’s recent run of record-breaking warm years would have been near impossible without man-made climate change. That’s the clear finding of a new study which showed that 13 of the 15 hottest year in the 150-year-long record have happened in the current, still young, century.  It comes as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirms that the global average surface temperature in 2015 shattered all previous records – reaching the threshold of 1DegC above pre-industrial temperatures for the first time. Coming just weeks after nearly 200 governments agreed to work to contain climate change, the latest findings offer yet another stark warning for leaders of the need to urgently turn their Paris pledges into definitive actions.


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  • “An exceptionally strong El Niño and global warming caused by greenhouse gases joined forces with dramatic effect on the climate system in 2015. The power of El Niño will fade in the coming months but the impacts of human-induced climate change will be with us for many decades. We have reached for the first time the threshold of 1DegC above pre-industrial temperatures.” –  WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas
  • “It is a sobering moment in the history of our planet. If the commitments made during the climate change negotiations in Paris and furthermore a higher emission reduction ambition level is reached, we still have chance to stay within the maximum 2°C limit. Climate change will have increasingly negative impacts for at least the next five decades. This emphasizes the need to invest in adaptation besides mitigation. It is important to strengthen the capability of countries to provide better disaster early warnings to minimize human and economic losses. Climate change increases the risk of weather related disasters which are an obstacle to sustainable development.” – WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas

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