The United Nations considers that the growing global warming is confirmed, marked by the increase of extreme weather phenomena. 2016 was the hottest year and 2019 followed, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
“Unfortunately, many extreme weather phenomena await us in 2020 and in the coming decades, motivated by the record levels of concentration of greenhouse gases that retain heat in the atmosphere,” said Petteri Taalas, secretary general of the United Nations agency Nations (UN) in a statement.
The official said that the year started with “strong meteorological and climatic phenomena”, as in Australia, which “had its warmest and driest year in 2019”, he added.
This climate “set the stage for the massive fires that were so devastating”, killing 28 people, destroying more than 2,000 homes and 100,000 square kilometers, an area larger than the territory of South Korea.
Since the 1980s, each decade has been warmer than the previous one, according to the WMO, who stressed that the annual global temperature in 2019 exceeded the average global temperature of the pre-industrial period by 1.1 degrees (1850-1900).