Experts from the world meteorological organization (WMO, – ed. ) said that the 2017-th year can be one of the three hottest years on record, with record levels of extreme weather. About this reports Deutsche Welle.
“Average global temperatures from January through September 2017 was approximately 1.1 degree Celsius higher than the pre-industrial era. Climate changes and such recorded weather events, catastrophic storms and floods, debilitating heat waves and droughts, affect the safety, welfare and environment of the person”, – stated in the message.
In General, the period from 2013 to 2017 will be the warmest five years on record, and the warmest year is likely to remain in 2016 because of a powerful phenomenon El niño, while the 2015 and 2017 will take second or third place.
“We have seen extraordinary weather, including temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius in Asia, record hurricanes in the Caribbean and the Atlantic, reached the coast of Ireland, the devastating monsoon floods, which impact on the lives of many millions of people, and relentless drought in East Africa,” said WMO Secretary General petteri Taalas.
The main cause of climate change he called “the concentration of greenhouse gases due to human activities”.
Among the main threats in the WMO statement called food security of millions of people in developing countries, the overall risk of illness and death due to excessive heat and the increasing number of refugees. About 30% of the world’s population currently lives in extreme climatic conditions.
July 1, five people died because of the intense heat in Sofia, where temperature reached to +44 degrees.