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UN Forecasts Next Five Years to Be Hottest in History

/ 11:20 AM May 18, 2023

A recent UN forecast shows that Earth’s normal temperature will reach an alarming warm threshold in the coming five years.

The forecast is part of a concerning report that the World Meteorological Organization recently issued. Scientists in the study evaluated a 66% chance that global warming will reach 1.5 degrees Celsius on pre-industrial levels by 2027.

Moreover, the five-year period is almost sure at 98% to be the hottest temperature on record. This surge in temperature means a pivotal threshold in climate change.

It is the boundary that nations strived to reach in the Paris Agreement in 2015. This includes warnings of severe consequences if breached.

The Implications of Exceeding the UN’s Climate Prediction

Peter Taalas, WMO Secretary-general, stated that the “report does not mean that we will permanently exceed the 1.5C specified in the Paris agreement.”

The extreme heat the UN forecast projects carry several adverse repercussions. For the environment, problems include rising sea levels, melting polar ice caps, and increased frequency of severe weather events like droughts, hurricanes, and heatwaves.

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On our biodiversity, severe heat can result in significant habitat loss, which places countless animals at risk of extinction. Ina addition, on a societal level, there could be more severe weather events that could result in economic stability and more health risks, especially in the regions without enough infrastructure to combat extreme climate.

He refers to the long-term caution for so many years. However, the WMO’s UN forecast is undoubtedly a wake-up call.

It warns us that the 1.5C level will be breached for a short time and more often if nations will not reduce their greenhouse gas emission as promised.

Despite efforts to lessen greenhouse gas emissions, the world is on its way to reaching a worrying 3 degrees Celsius of warming this century. The last eight years were the hottest recorded worldwide.

According to a Smithsonian magazine report, the chance of reaching the verge of 1.5 degree was nearly zero in 2015. However, it rose to 50% in 2022.

UN Forecasts Next Five Years to Be Hottest in History

Recently, our planet just overcame the La Niña weather, which somehow called down the Earth. However, we are now heading towards a warming El Niño pattern.

Researchers worry that the transition might result in more escalating temperatures. It could possibly make 2024 the hottest year as of now.

The idea of increasing heat is more than just an environmental concern. A climate researcher at the University of Melbourne, Belle Workman, said that “rising temperatures negatively impact health in various ways.”

This involves effects direct effects on us humans, like heat stroke. Indirect consequences will impact water and food insecurity.

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Following this UN forecast, the world needs deep, urgent, and sustained cutbacks in greenhouse gas emissions. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Our world needs climate action on all fronts: everything, everywhere, all at once.”

The time for urgent climate action is now. There’s no time to lose. The chance to secure a sustainable and livable future may close quickly, but there’s still hope.

Despite the startling UN forecast, we should remember that change can be done through concerted worldwide efforts. The future of Earth depends on our actions now. Climate change is not just a forecast. It’s also a reality that humans have the power to shape and change.

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