2019 was a bad year for the planet, says IMO's Statement on the State of the Global Climate
Earth’s climate worsened in the last one year, said the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
WMO’s Statement on the State of the Global Climate (2019) revealed 2019 was the second-hottest year on record. The mercury was 1.1°C above pre-industrial levels in 2019. 2016 remains the hottest year recorded but the rise in temperature then was due to El-Nino 2010-2019 was the hottest decade on record. Since 1980 each decade has been hotter than the previous.
In 2018, greenhouse gas levels breached previous records: CO2 levels crossing 407.8 parts per million. Projections show these emissions would have changed -0.2 to +1.5% in 2019.
Warming of oceans reached 2 km below the surface beating a record set in 2018. 84% of the oceans witnessed at least one heat wave in 2019. Sea-level rise reached the highest last year. Arctic Sea ice was at its third-lowest on record. Heatwaves in India, Japan, Australia and Europe
killed 1,400 people. Temperatures soared to record highs in Australia and many countries in Europe.
France recorded 46°C (1.9°C above the previous record).
Global hunger is on the rise again after a decade of decline. Climate change along with economic shocks and conflict left 820 million people hungry in 2018. Desert Locust outbreaks was the worst in 25 years and most serious in Kenya in the last 70 years.
More than 22 million people were displaced because of Hydrometeorological events like cyclones and floods.