2017 set to be in top 3 hottest yrs

2017 set to be in top 3 hottest yrs

The latest temperature data from the World Meteorological Organization suggests 2017 is "very likely" to be one of the top three hottest years on record.

"The weather for one given year in insolation does not tell us about climate change, but combined with the long record of temperatures, ocean heat content, sea level, and ice sheet size we have, it is absolutely clear that the world is warming, and that it is our continued release of greenhouse gases that is causing it", Dr Paul Young, Climate Scientist at the Lancaster Environment Centre, said in a statement.

Other indicators of rising temperatures include Arctic sea ice, which was well below average throughout 2017 and was at record low levels for the first four months of the year, while sea ice cover in Antarctica also hit record lows.

The global mean temperature from January to September 2017 was about 0.47°C (0.85°F) warmer than the 1981-2010 average of approximately 14.31°C (57.76°F).

As a result, it said 2017 was set to be the second warmest year ever recorded, just ahead of 2015.

It included information submitted by a wide range of United Nations agencies on human, socio-economic and environmental impacts as part of a drive to provide a more comprehensive, UN-wide policy brief for decision makers on the interplay between weather, climate and water and the United Nations global goals. "This is part of a long-term warming trend", said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

Parts of southern Europe, North Africa, parts of eastern and southern Africa and the Asian part of Russian Federation experienced record temperatures.

The WMO also noted how this year has been defined by extreme weather across the globe, including the three catastrophic hurricanes that ravaged the USA and the Caribbean two months ago, the major monsoon floods in the Indian subcontinent, heavy droughts in East Africa, and wildfires across the Mediterranean and the Americas.

"These findings underline the rising risks to people, economies and the very fabric of life of Earth if we fail to get on track with the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement", said Patricia Espinosa, head of the UN Climate Change Secretariat which is hosting the Bonn conference.

Extreme events have affected the food security of millions of people, especially the most vulnerable.

Research also shows that heat-related illness or death has risen with 30% of the world's population now living in conditions that have extreme hot temperatures.

Worldwide, 23.5 million people were displaced during weather-related disasters in 2016. 2016 is likely remain the hottest on record due to last year's powerful El Niño phenomenon. The change in the baselines has no influence on trend analysis.

Greenhouse gases: The rate of increase in Carbon dioxide from 2015 to 2016 was the highest on record reaching 403.3 parts per million.

But early data indicates a rise may have started to resume from July-August 2017 onwards.

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