2019 was 2nd-hottest year ever, more extreme weather ahead

Asahi Shimbun | Jan 16, 2020 at 12:00 AM
  • 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.
  • Governments agreed at the 2015 Paris Accord to cap fossil fuel emissions enough to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees 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.