Extreme And Unusual Climate Trends Continue After Record 2016.
The year 2016 made history, with a record global temperature, exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Extreme weather and climate conditions have continued into 2017. In the last few weeks, the devastating floods in Peru and the fires in Florida, Texas, Kansas, Chile, Portugal, Karnataka, and Kamchatka were indicative of these unusual trends. A WMO committee of experts had announced new records for the highest temperatures recorded in the Antarctic Region too. Many atmospheric El-Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) indicators also approached or exceeded La Niña thresholds. During January 2017, tropical Pacific Ocean temperatures and some atmospheric fields clearly returned to ENSO-neutral levels. Furthermore, climate change, environmental degradation, population growth and urbanisation are putting pressure on water supplies in many parts of the Asian region, and exposure to extreme weather and other hazards is increasing. The WMO summarises for us in this article their concerns into 2017.
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