According to WHO Secretary General Petteri Taalas, “The past Secretary-General all been in the top three years in terms of temperature records. This is a part of a long term warming trend. We have witnessed extraordinary weather, including temperature topping 50 degrees Celsius in Asia, record breaking hurricanes in rapid succession in the Caribbean and Atlantic reaching as far as Ireland, devastating monsoon flooding affecting many millions of people and a relentless drought in East Africa.”
Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change. Which is hosting the Bonn conference, said, “These findings underline the rising risks to people, economies and the very fabric of life on Earth if we fail to get on track with the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement. Bonn 2017 needs to be the launch pad towards the next, higher level of ambition by all nations and all sectors of society as we look to de-risk the future and maximise the opportunities from a fresh, forward-looking and sustainable development path.”
Year 2017 will be one of the three hottest years on record, with many high impact events, including catastrophic hurricanes and floods, debilitating heat waves and drought, says a provisional statement on the State of the drought, says a provincial statement on the State of the Climate released by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). The average global temperature from January to September 2017 was approximately 1.1 degree Celsius above the pre-industrial era, it notes.
As a result of a powerful El Nino, 2016 is likely to remain the warmest year on record, with 2017 and 2015 being second or third. The WHO statement, which uses 1981-2010 as the baseline, was released on 6th Nov. 2017 at the opening day of the United Nations (UN) climate change conference in Bonn.