The lead of the United Nations weather agency accused the dangerous weather occurrences on climate change caused by humans on Monday, and cited major events which created destruction in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Pacific area in 2013. Michel Jarraud, who is the secretary general of the World Meteorological Organization, explained that his group’s yearly report over the worldwide climate has showed just how intensely both people and acreage all over have felt the effects of life-threatening weather such as floods, heat waves, droughts and hurricanes.
He stated that most of the events of last year were in alignment with what would be expected from climate change that had been brought on by human beings. The U.N. agency declared 2013 as being the sixth warmest year ever on record. 13 of the 14 hottest recorded years have happened within the 21st century.
Rising ocean levels is causing increased damage from storm flows and floods along coast lines, as was shown by what happened with Typhoon Haiyan. The tropical cyclone in November of 2013 ended up killing over 6,000 people and caused nearly $14 billion in damage to the Philippines. In the meantime, Australia was experiencing its warmest year ever recorded and regions of central Africa and Asia both experienced record high temperatures as well.
Jarraud explained that Australia’s latest heat waves were happening due to the release of heat-trapped carbon dioxide from the burning of gas, oil and coal. He stated the extremely high temperatures there would not have existed without the carbon dioxide. There were other numerous weather disasters such as the nearly $25 billion in destruction from European flooding back in June, almost $12 billion in damage from the Typhoon named Fitow in both Japan and China, and nearly $12 billion drought over most of China.
There were only a few regions that ended up being colder than usual and one of them was the middle part of the United States. Jarraud explained that the frigid polar air which came down in areas of the southeast United States and Europe, and the widest tornado that was ever seen over rural parts of middle Oklahoma, as being other dangerous weather occasions. Antarctica went through what was its second largest minimum sex ice range during the melting season last year and while it was the growing season, the largest sea ice extent since records started being kept in the late 1970’s.
Jarraud was a representative for about 100 different governments that all belong to the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They met in Japan to discuss the report on the impact of global warming.
He also stated that the challenges that face the next generations are vast, but the chances for addressing them have never been better. He said that the weather all over the Earth is changing even at this time. There are many different spots of low pressure coming in from the different oceans. In between them, one will see periods of sunny weather or weather that might be just a bit too cold.
For people who live in most Western societies, current reports report of three top influences that could help climate change such as different food selections, resourceful use of energy and low-carbon emissions with various kinds of transportation. By taking all these major influences into deliberation, even though numerous people seemed to show feelings of moral responsibility, most seemed to act just when they noticed a specific connection to the weather, such as a flood.
It was also explained that if dependence on fossil fuels remains the same, that alone will cause a much warmer planet. By the last part of this century, the temperature quite possibly could be four degrees higher than in the preindustrial era. By limiting the warming to under two degrees can still happen but it would require a quick momentous decrease in the emission of greenhouse gases. Achieving such an objective would require crucial, pivotal and daring action, Jarraud declared. It is going to be up to young people to do the fighting in the future.
It is going to take both a strengthening in official and relaxed education over climate change, people that are able to both encourage and sustain the support youth need in order to become environmental defenders wherever they live. Individuals now have to make sure that young people have to be ready to take up the emerging green markets all over the world.
The lead of the United Nations weather agency has stated that dangerous weather incidences on climate change caused by humans on Monday, and cited major events which created destruction in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Pacific region in 2013.
By Kimberly Ruble