Climate change could have catastrophic effects in the near future. Similar reports have been regularly published in the past couple of decades. Unfortunately, the global community is doing too little and too late. The report is not only a warning, but also a plea for all of us to act.
WMO called extreme weather events like heat waves, cyclones and floods “day-today face of climate change” and urged for immediate actions to substantially reduce GHG emissions. The scary trend on climate change indicators in the report prompted UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to call for ending fossil fuel pollution, saying “fossil fuels are a dead end — environmentally and economically”.
He said the war in Ukraine and its immediate effects on energy prices is yet another wake-up call. Though the report noted that 2021 was a bit less warm because of a La Niña event at the start and end of the year, it said this did not reverse the overall trend of rising temperatures. WMO has flagged that there is a50:50 chance of the annual average global temperature temporarily reaching 1. 5°C above the pre-industrial level at least in one of the next five years.