Emis­sions slow­down brings pos­i­tives

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

Global tem­per­a­tures are soar­ing to­ward a record high this year, the UN weather agency said yes­ter­day, while another re­port showed emis­sions of a key global warm­ing gas have flat­tened out in the past three years.

The re­ports in­jected a mix of gloom and hope at UN cli­mate talks in Mar­rakech this week.

“Another year. Another record. The high tem­per­a­tures we saw in 2015 are set to be beaten in 2016,” said Pet­teri Taalas, the head of the World Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Or­gan­i­sa­tion ( WMO). WMO’s pre­lim­i­nary data through Oc­to­ber showed world tem­per­a­tures, boosted by the El Nino phe­nom­e­non, are 1.2 Cel­sius above pre-in­dus­trial lev­els.

That’s get­ting close to the limit set by the global cli­mate agree­ment adopted in Paris last year. It calls for lim­it­ing the tem­per­a­ture rise since the in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion to 2 Cel­sius or even 1.5 Cel­sius.

WMO said 16 of the 17 hottest years have oc­curred this cen­tury. The only ex­cep­tion was 1998, which was also an El Nino year.

Another re­port re­leased yes­ter­day de­liv­ered some pos­i­tive news, show­ing global CO2 emis­sions have flat­tened out in the past three years.

How­ever, the au­thors of the study say it’s un­clear whether the slow­down, mainly caused by de­clin­ing coal use in China, is a per­ma­nent trend or a tem­po­rary blip.

“It is far too early to pro­claim we have reached a peak,” said Glen Pe­ters, a se­nior re­searcher at the Cen­tre for In­ter­na­tional Cli­mate and En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­search in Oslo.

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