United Nations has warned that the next five years are expected to be the warmest period on record. UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said the combined effect of El Nino and greenhouse gases will cause temperatures to soar.
The World Meteorological Organization said, global temperatures are more likely to surpass 1.5° Celsius of warming by 2027. It predicted that there is a 98-percent likelihood that at least one of the next five years will set a new record for warmth, with the entire period of 2023-2027 expected to be the warmest ever recorded.
WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said, a warming El Niño is expected to develop in the coming months, and this will combine with human-induced climate change to push global temperatures into uncharted territory.
Global temperatures are soon set to exceed the more ambitious target set out in the Paris climate accords, with a two-thirds chance that one of the next five years will do so, the UN’s weather body added. The hottest eight years ever recorded were all between 2015 and 2022 — but temperatures are forecast to increase further as climate change accelerates.
The 2015 Paris Agreement saw countries agree to cap global warming at ‘well below’ two degrees Celsius above average levels measured between 1850 and 1900 — and 1.5 Celsius if possible. The global mean temperature in 2022 was 1.15 Celsius above the 1850-1900 average.