Wednesday, February 28, 2024
- Advertisement (728x90 Desktop) -

30.3 C

UN: Climate Change Surged ‘Alarmingly’ In 2011-2020

How do you feel about this story?

Express Your Reaction

The rate of climate change surged “alarmingly” between 2011 and 2020, the warmest decade on record, the UN weather agency said in a report Tuesday.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) report, released at the Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Dubai, said that it is much harder to try to limit the global temperature increase to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius than it was in the pre-industrial period (1850-1900).

It was emphasized that effective climate actions are needed.

“Public and private climate finance almost doubled between 2011 and 2020,” it said.

“However, it needs to increase at least seven times by the end of this decade to achieve climate objectives.”

The report was based on physical data analyses and impact assessments from dozens of experts at National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, Regional Climate Centers, National Statistics Offices and UN partners.


Ice sheet loss

The reports said that in the 2011-2020 period glacier and ice sheet loss was unprecedented, sea level rises accelerated, and ocean heat and acidification damaged marine ecosystems.

It also said extreme weather undermined sustainable development, but the ozone layer was on track to recovery.

Providing a glimmer of hope, the report said the Antarctic ozone hole was smaller in the 2011-2020 period than during the two previous decades.

This was due to successful and concerted international action to phase out ozone-depleting chemicals, an indication of the success of the Montreal Protocol.

“Each decade since the 1990s has been warmer than the previous one and we see no immediate sign of this trend reversing,” WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said.


Accumulated heat

Around 90 percent of the accumulated heat in the Earth system is stored in the ocean, the report said.

Ocean warming rates show a particularly strong increase in the past two decades.

A consequence of the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the ocean is its acidification–a drop in the oceanic pH, which makes it more challenging for marine organisms to build and maintain their shells and skeletons.

During the 2011-2020 decade, Greenland lost a lot of mass and reached a new record mass loss.

“The Antarctic continental ice sheet lost ice at an average rate of 143 Gt yr- during this decade, with more than three-quarters of this mass loss coming from West Antarctica,” the report said.

“Compared to the previous decade (2001-2010), this represents an increase of nearly 75 percent in ice losses. This is not the same as Antarctic sea ice.” (PNA)

This article has been initially published last

What can you say about this story?

- Advertisement (300x250) -

Related articles

Asean Plus Three Donates Nearly 8K Bags Of Rice To Northern Samar

Sa pagtulong ng Asean Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve, mahigit sa 7,000 na sako ng bigas ang ipinamahagi nitong Martes sa mga biktima ng nagdaang baha sa Northern Samar province.

Budol Is Real: Overconsumption In Fashion And Why You Should Be Mindful Of It

The ‘budol’ culture may seem like a fun thing to get into, but it is also important to be environmentally conscious of our impulsive spending.

Panagbenga Festival Ablaze With Creativity, Promoting Sustainability

Sustainability blooms at Panagbenga 2024, showcasing recyclables, cleaner streets, and eco-friendly costumes to promote environmental stewardship.

Camiguin Town Declared As Wildlife Sanctuary

Home to giant bats, monkeys, and different species of butterflies, Catarman, Camiguin Island, is now being declared a wildlife sanctuary.

- Advertisement (970x250 Desktop) -