2016 set to break heat record de­spite slow­down in emis­sions

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

>> Global tem­per­a­tures are soar­ing to­ward a record high this year, the U.N. weather agency said Mon­day, 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 U.N. 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 Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

WMO’s pre­lim­i­nary data through Oc­to­ber showed world tem­per­a­tures, boosted by the El Niño phe­nom­e­non, are 1.2 de­grees Cel­sius (2.2 de­grees Fahren­heit) 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 de­grees C or even 1.5 de­grees C.

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