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Global temperatures for the first six months of this year have shattered previous records, setting 2016 on track to be the hottest year ever, the U.N weather agency has said.
Arctic sea ice melted early and fast, another indicator of climate change and carbon dioxide levels, which are driving global warming, have reached new highs, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said.
“Another month, another record. And another. And another. Decades-long trends of climate change are reaching new climaxes, fuelled by the strong 2015/2016 El Nino,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.
The El Nino event, which turned up the Earth’s thermostat, has now disappeared, but “climate change, caused by heat-trapping greenhouse gases, will not,” Taalas said.
He said it will result in more heatwaves, more extreme rainfall and potential for higher impact tropical cyclones.