Surging carbon dioxide levels have pushed greenhouse gases to record highs in the atmosphere, the World Meteorological Organisation has said.
There is a strong chance an El Nino weather event will reappear before the end of the year, a UN agency has warned.
Much of the extreme weather that wreaked havoc in Asia, Europe and the Pacific region last year can be blamed on human-induced climate change, the UN weather agency has said.
World carbon dioxide pollution levels are accelerating and reached a record high in 2012, the UN weather agency says.
In a message to the conference in Stockholm, secretary general of the UN Ban Ki-moon sent his best wishes and gratitude to the IPCC, and said the “world’s eyes” are on the city today.
Global warming has accelerated since the 1970s and broken more countries’ temperature records than ever before in the first decade of the new millennium, UN climate experts say.
Last year was the ninth-warmest since record-keeping began in 1850, despite the cooling effect of the weather pattern called La Nina, the World Meteorological Organisation says.
THE protective ozone layer in the Arctic that keeps out the sun’s most damaging rays — ultraviolet radiation — has thinned about 40% this winter, a record drop, the UN weather agency has said.
THE UN weather agency says 2010 is “almost certain” to rank among the three hottest years on record.
THIS decade is on track to become the warmest since records began in 1850, and 2009 could rank among the top-five warmest years, the UN weather agency reported yesterday on the second day of a pivotal 192-nation climate conference.
THE year 2003, marked by a sweltering summer and drought across huge swaths of the planet, was the third hottest in more than 150 years, the UN weather agency said yesterday.
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