Dale C. S. Destin – In a recently released update, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has projected that global temperatures are on track to reach new records over the next five years.

The report highlights the combined impact of heat-trapping greenhouse gases and an impending El Niño event, emphasizing the need for immediate action to address climate change. This blog post provides an overview of the key findings from the WMO report.

Likelihood of Temperature Exceedance

According to the WMO update, there is a 66% or high chance that the annual average near-surface global temperature will temporarily exceed 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels for at least one year between 2023 and 2027. This indicates a significant threat to the main goal of the Paris Agreement.

The Paris Agreement and Urgent Action

While the report emphasizes that temporary breaches of the 1.5°C threshold do not indicate a permanent violation of the Paris Agreement, it serves as a warning sign that we are moving towards increasingly frequent exceedances of this critical limit.

The Paris Agreement calls for substantial global greenhouse gas emissions reduction to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global temperature rise to 2°C and aims for even more ambitious targets of 1.5°C.

The need for intensified climate mitigation and adaptation measures becomes even more apparent in light of these projections.

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