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.”