MARRAKECH: The year 2016 will “very likely” be the hottest on record, the U.N. said, warning of calamitous consequences if the march of global warming cannot be halted.
Average temperatures for the year were set to hit about 1.2 Celsius (2.16 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-Industrial Revolution levels – meaning that 16 of the 17 hottest years on record were this century, said the U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
The new record means the world is already more than halfway to the upper limit of 2 C of warming overall, 1.5 C if possible, which U.N. nations had agreed upon to stave off worst-case-scenario climate change.
“Another year. Another record. The high temperatures we saw in 2015 are set to be beaten in 2016,” WMO secretary general Petteri Taalas said in a statement.
The Moroccan followup is meant to agree on rules for executing the plans and goals outlined in the pact, which envisions reining in global warming by cutting back on greenhouse-gas emitting coal, oil and gas for energy.