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Sun Dec 8, 2019, 02:49 PM

WMO: The Earth's hottest decade has produced havoc [View all]

The 21st century's second decade has given planet Earth record heat, melting glaciers and ice sheets, rising sea levels, more acidic oceans and a succession of "once-in-a-century" extreme weather events, according to the World Meteorological Organization's just-released State of the Global Climate report.

The WMO, an agency within the United Nations, reported that average five-year temperatures for 2015-19, and decade-long temperatures covering 2010-19, are almost certain to be the highest ever recorded. The year 2019 will be the second or third highest year on record, a year that saw a heat wave send temperatures to 115 degrees in France and later move over the glaciers of Greenland.

The second half of the decade has been notably warmer than its first five years.

The cause -- human-caused global warming, with the worst yet to come.

"If we do not take urgent action now, then we are heading for a temperature increase of more than 3 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, with ever more harmful effects on human well being," said Pettori Taalas, secretary-general of the WMO.


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