2015 to be the warmest year – WMO

Date: November 28, 2015

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UN weather body the World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) in  State of the global climate report  says that man-made global warming and El Niño oceanic phenomenon made 2011-2015 the warmest five-year period on record.Global average surface temperature in 2015 reaches the significant milestone of 1° Celsius above the pre-industrial era.

The 2011-15 period has been the warmest five-year period on record with many extreme weather events especially heat waves influenced by climate change.Levels of greenhouse gases in atmosphere reached new highs and in the northern hemisphere, during spring 2015, the three-month global average concentration of carbon dioxide crossed the 400 parts per million barrier for the first time.

China experienced its warmest ever year on record in 2015 in the period to October, while the continent of Africa is currently undergoing its second warmest.

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Other increasingly severe weather events such as floods, droughts and tropical storms were developing in line with the WMO’s expectations, based on climate models.

The WMO report comes less than a week before more than 130 world leaders are due to meet in Paris for a landmark climate change summit on emissions cuts beyond 2020.