Archive for: March 2016

Last Year Had “Shattered” Temperature Records Worldwide

The World Meteorological Organisation in Switzerland reports show that last year, the world shattered previous temperature growth records. The group recorded higher temperatures in tropical countries.

The organisation had also warned that the rate of climate change was faster than their expected numbers. The WMO said that this is “sending a powerful message to world leaders.”

The Status of the Global Climate report had alarmed the WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

“The year 2015 will stand out in the historical record of the global climate in many ways,” said WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas in the report.

“The future is happening now,” he said in a statement released alongside the report. “The alarming rate of change we are now witnessing in our climate as a result of greenhouse gas emission is unprecedented in modern records.”

According to University of New South Wales in Australia Dr. Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, this time, the WMO’s language was very strong:

“They are usually very conservative,” she said.

“We have to put this report in context. 2014 was the hottest year on record to date too. We’ve had something like 15 out of the 16 hottest years on record since the turn of the millennium,” she said. “Things aren’t getting better, they’re getting much much worse, and the tone of the report reflects this.”

EU And Turkey Reach Agreement On Migrant Crisis

The EU and Turkey stated they have reached agreement on the broad principles of a plan to resolve the increasingly-difficult migrant crisis in a Brussels summit. However, both sides have yet to make a final decision.

Talks will continue on 17-18 March.

European Council President Donald Tusk said migrants arriving in Greece would be returned to Turkey. Turkey will then have Eu accept a Syrian refugee on a one-for-one basis. Turkey will also add funding and progress on EU Integration.

Turkey had accepted the proposals, but both sides said it was still uncertain whether the agreement would see light as soon as possible.

The EU enumerated the agreed deal principles including:

  • the return of all new irregular migrants crossing from Turkey to the Greek islands with the costs covered by the EU
  • the resettlement of one Syrian from Turkey to the EU for every Syrian readmitted by Turkey from Greece
  • speeding up of plans to allow Turks visa-free travel in Europe, with a view to lifting visa requirements by June 2016
  • speeding up the payment of €3bn ($3.3bn; £2.2bn) promised in October, and a decision on additional funding to help Turkey deal with the crisis. Turkey reportedly asked for EU aid to be increased to €6bn ($6.6bn; £4.64bn)
  • preparations for a decision on the opening of new chapters in talks on EU membership for Turkey