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Source: United Kingdom – Science Media Centre

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have published a report on the global climate between 2015 and 2019 highlighting an acceleration to climate change and further warming. 

Prof Martin Siegert, Co-Director, Grantham Institute, Imperial College London, said:

“Unfortunately it would be a major surprise if this was not the case. CO2 concentrations drive global temperatures and as the level of CO2 in our atmosphere is increasing our climate is forced to follow suit. The obvious and sad conclusion is that we are behind where we should be to mitigate this significant problem.”

 

Prof Brian Hoskins, Chair of the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London, and Professor of Meteorology, University of Reading, said:

“Climate change due to us is accelerating and on a very dangerous course. We should listen to the loud cry coming from the school children. There is an emergency – one for action in both rapidly reducing our greenhouse gas emissions towards zero and adapting to the inevitable changes in climate.”

 

Prof Dave Reay, Chair in Carbon Management at the University of Edinburgh, said:

“This reads like a credit card statement after a 5-year long spending binge. Arguably of most concern is the apparent acceleration in the rise of CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere. On top of still-growing emissions from human activities have come increased emissions from wildfires and weaker carbon uptake by the land and oceans. Time will tell if this weakening of global carbon sinks is a temporary blip or the beginning of a sustained reversal that rips control of future climate from our grasp. Either way, our global carbon credit is maxed out. If emissions don’t start falling there will be hell to pay.”

 

‘WMO report on The Global Climate in 2015-2019’ will be published at 3pm UK TIME on Sunday 22 September 2019, which is also when the embargo will lift. 

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