2019 was second-hottest year ever, more extreme weather ahead

CyprusMail | Jan 15, 2020 at 8:55 PM
  • Last year was the Earth’s second-hottest since records began, and the world should brace itself for more extreme weather events like the bushfires ravaging much of Australia, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday.
  • Australia had its hottest, driest year ever – a precursor to the bushfires.
  • Governments agreed at the 2015 Paris Accord to cap fossil fuel emissions enough to limit global warming to 1.5 Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels – after which global warming is expected to be so severe that it will all but wipe out the world’s coral reefs and most Arctic sea ice.