Friday, January 19, 2018

2017 was among three warmest years on record: WMO

2017 was among three warmest years on record
There is a clear sign of continuing long-term climate change caused by increasing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases and these have been confirmed in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said Thursday.

Senior WMO scientist Omar Baddour told journalists in Geneva it is confirmed that the three last years are the warmest years on record with 2016 holding the global record, whilst 2017 was the warmest year without an El Nino, which can boost global annual temperatures.

"The year 2017 is equally the second warmest along with 2015. The record is held by 2016 because of the influence of El Nico. If we take out the impact of El Nino, 2017 was the warmest year non-El Nino year," said Baddour.

"The big story is not the temperature, but the change," said Baddour

A consolidated analysis by the WMO of five leading international datasets showed that the global average surface temperature in 2017 was approximately 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial era.

The year 2016 remains the warmest year on record (1.2°C above pre-industrial era) said Baddour explaining that data was used from such sources at Nasa, in the United States and the metrological offices of Britain and Japan.

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