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Climate Facts: There’s 98% chance one of next five years will be warmest on record, says WMO

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The complexities of climate change and its associated jargon can make it difficult to digest. TheCable’s climate quick facts will help to demystify these climate concepts through easy-to-understand and straight-to-the-point explanations.

Here are some to keep at the tip of your fingers:

 

  • The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says there is a 66 percent likelihood that global temperatures will exceed 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels in at least one year between 2023 and 2027.
  • There is also a 98 percent chance that at least one of the next five years will be the warmest on record, according to WMO.
  • Warming of 1.5 to 2 °C will lead to a reduction of rainforest biomass and increase deforestation and wildfires, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • The United Nations says continued global warming will further intensify the water cycle, making it more variable, changing monsoon precipitation and the severity of wet and dry events.
  • As carbon dioxide emissions rise, the ocean and land will be less effective at absorbing and slowing its accumulation in the atmosphere, says the UN.

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