It appears as though the world is heating up. The bad news is that it doesn’t seem to want to stop soon. They year of 2015 has been officially declared the hottest year to have ever been recorded and 2016 is expected to be even hotter. The WMO, more commonly known as the United Nations World Meteorological Association, has made these declarations on Wednesday this week.
There are two main contributors to this growing phenomenon: global warming, generated by man’s everlasting need for comfort, and the El Niño pattern. They are both leading to increased temperatures on the surface of the sea and this has a number of consequences that might lead to a disastrous life on Earth. We are taking about higher temperatures, floods and even droughts. These will all make Earth a more unhospitable planet towards us.
This report was not randomly released. The climate change summit in Paris provides a favorable context for these issues to be discussed and it is a good time to speak plainly about what are the mistakes that we are making and how we can change or avoid them. One of the many subjects discussed at the summit will be how to maintain global temperature increase less than 2 degrees Celsius, as established back in 2010.
Michel Jarrud, the general director from WMO, has declared that maintaining this temperature growth is within our grasp, but the more we choose to linger and not tackle the problem directly, the lesser the chances. This is a matter that has to be discussed here and now and needs to be taken seriously. If we do not come to a final decision now, it might already be too late. This is why Jarrud is encouraging action.
The world is heating up and we can see it right in front of our eyes. The year of 2014 was also deemed as the hottest year ever recorded. Now we find ourselves at the same threshold and 2016 is predicted to be hotter as well, so it is important that the right decisions be made now.
Humanity is very well known for being ignorant to climate change and this feature is more or less blamable. The truth is that comfort is a very subjective perception which does not depends on the welfare of others. If you are feeling nice, why care about the rest of the world? But we need to pull our heads out of the box, at least for the time being, and do something about climate change.