United Nations agency: 2016 'very likely' to be hottest year on record

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"Preliminary data shows that 2016's global temperatures are approximately 1.2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels", said the WMO in its provisional report released during the ongoing United Nations climate conference here on Monday.

According to the World Meteorological Organization's preliminary statement on the global climate for 2016, global temperatures for January to September were 0.88°C above the long-term (1961-90) average, 0.11°C above the record set previous year, and about 1.2°C above pre-industrial levels.

"Long-term climate change indicators are also record breaking".

The figures demonstrated the humanitarian issues that can arise from long-term changes in the environment, the World Meteorological Organization said in its provisional "status of the global climate" statement for 2016. "We are used to measuring temperature records in fractions of a degree, and so this is different", said Petteri Taalas, the Secretary-General of the WMO, in a statement.

The report said that record or near-record temperatures occurred in parts of the Middle East and north Africa on a number of occasions in summer with Mitribah (Kuwait) recorded 54.0°C on July 21 which, subject to ratification through standard WMO procedures, will be the highest temperature on record for Asia.

November 14: The planet this year experienced some of the most intense heat waves ever documented, with the temperatures sometimes rising beyond 50°C, the World Meteorological Organisation said today.

The World Meteorological Organization announced Monday that 2016 is on track to break the record for the hottest year since the 19th century.

Greenhouse gas emissions are fueling global warming at an alarming rate - we've already went 1.2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels, dangerously close to the optimistic 1.5C goal set in Paris.

The most deadly was October's Hurricane Matthew, which left more than 1,000 people dead in Haiti.

If they reach one degree above this, thousands of leading scientists believe risky sea level rise and extreme weather events are inevitable.

As we head towards the end of the year, 2016 looks set to be one for the record books.

The document was released ahead of a meeting in Marrakech of key negotiators who are discussing the Paris Climate Agreement, which came into effect earlier this month.

Professor Michael Mann, of Penn State University in the USA, said the paper's findings support the "notion that a Donald Trump presidency could be game over for the climate". In some regions of the Russian Arctic, the year-long average was 6-7C above normal. So fighting global warming doesn't have to lead to economic losses, on the contrary - it often leads to profits. "Once in a generation" heatwaves and flooding are becoming more regular.

Scientists are stressing that the evidence for the reality of climate change is getting stronger all the time.

The scorching temperatures around the world, and the extreme weather they drive, mean the impacts of climate change on people are coming sooner and with more ferocity than expected, according to scientists.

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