According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the world is on its way to experiencing the hottest year ever and carbon dioxide levels have reached new highs with further adding to global warming.
WMO noted June marked the 14th consecutive month of record heat for land and oceans and the 378th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th century average. The last month with temperatures below the 20th century average was December 1984, Xinhua reported.
The average temperature in the first six months of 2016 was 1.3C warmer than the pre-industrial era in the late 19th century, according to Nasa.
“This underlines more starkly than ever the need to approve and implement the Paris climate change agreement, and to speed up the shift to low carbon economies and renewable energy,” said the WMO secretary general, Petteri Taalas.
David Carlson, director of the WMO’s climate research programme, told a news briefing: “What we’ve seen for the first six months of 2016 is really quite alarming. We would have thought it would take several years to warm up like this. We don’t have as much time as we thought.”
After much deliberation, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited leaders to a special event on September 21 to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change.