Living With Climate Change: Global warming means sea-level rise in past decade doubles 1990s increase, U.N. says as COP27 begins

by | Nov 6, 2022 | Stock Market

Earth is getting warmer and its oceans rising faster than just a few decades ago, the United Nations’ chief meteorological arm said in a Sunday report that serves as a motivational backdrop to the hundreds of officials gathering in Egypt to keep up pressure on climate-change efforts. The annual report from the World Meteorological Organization didn’t necessarily shed new light on the situation, but reinforced the dramatic man-made changes that have sparked expensive and deadly outcomes.

Read: What is COP27? Key issues for markets to watch as U.N. climate talks kick off in Egypt The WMO said that sea level rise in the past decade was double what it was in the 1990s. And since January 2020, that rise has jumped at a higher rate yet. Since the decade began, seas are rising at 5 millimeters a year (.2 inches) compared to 2.1 millimeters (.08 inches) in the 1990s. “The greater the warming, the worse the impacts,” said WMO chief Petter Taalas, who launched the report at an event held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, the venue for this year’s U.N. Conference of Parties, or COP27. “We have such high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere now that the lower 1.5 degree of the Paris Agreement is barely within reach. It’s already too late for many glaciers and the melting will continue for hundreds if not thousands of years, with major implications for water security,” he said. What’s more, the last eight years have been the warmest on record, the WMO said. With temperatures in just the past three years held back only because of a rare three-year La Niña weather phenomenon, the organization said. Levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxi …

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