UN climate agency issues “red alert” on global warming

Geneva — The UN climate agency issued a “Red alert” about him global warmingciting unprecedented increases last year in greenhouse gasestemperatures on land and water and the melting of glaciers and sea ice, and warning that global efforts to reverse the trend have been insufficient.

In its report issued on Tuesday, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) compounded fears that a much-talked-about climate goal is in danger, that of limit global warming to no more than 2.7°F from pre-industrial levels.

We have never been this close – although it is only temporary at this time – to the 2.7°F goal in the Paris climate agreement”said Celeste Saulo, the agency's general secretary. “The WMO community is issuing a red alert to the entire world.”

The 12-month period between March 2023 and February 2024 went beyond the 2.7°F limit, reaching an average of 2.81°F, according to the European climate agency Copernicus. He added that the 2023 calendar year was just below 2.7°F to 2.66°F, but the record heat so far this year was beyond that level for the 12-month average.