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UN reports record levels of global climate change


The Earth's atmosphere now contains record amounts of the three main greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. This was stated in the State of the Global Climate 2022 report, which was released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO; a division of the UN) on April 21.

United Nations Photo via flickr
United Nations Photo via flickr
The Earth's average temperature in 2022 was 1.15°C warmer than it was between 1850 and 1900. The warmest decade on record, according to the WMO, was from 2015 to 2022.

The melting of reference glaciers, which are used to measure changes in the Earth's climate, is occurring as a result of the rise in global temperature. The WMO reports that between October 2021 and October 2022, the average thickness of the glaciers shrank by 1.3 meters. The WMO highlighted that this number is significantly higher than the recent norm. The area of Antarctic Sea ice fell to 1.92 million km2 in February 2023, the lowest level since satellite monitoring started. The area was below average in other months, according to the WMO.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, "We need to accelerate climate action with deeper and faster emission reductions to keep global temperatures within 1.5°C."

source: wmo.int