Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019

This report highlights the increasing signs and impacts of climate change in the atmosphere, oceans and on land.

The WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019 was published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in March 2020. The report documents impacts of weather and climate events on socio-economic development, human health, migration and displacement, food security and land and marine ecosystems.

It includes input from national meteorological and hydrological services, leading international experts, scientific institutions and United Nations agencies, and provides authoritative information for policy makers on the need for Climate Action.

The report confirms information in a provisional statement issued at the UN Climate Change Conference in December that 2019 was the second warmest year in the instrumental record. 2015-2019 are the five warmest years on record, and 2010-2019 the warmest decade on record. Since the 1980s, each successive decade has been warmer than any preceding decade since 1850.

2019 ended with a global average temperature of 1.1°C above estimated pre-industrial levels, second only to the record set in 2016, when a very strong El Niño event contributed to an increased global mean temperature atop the overall warming trend.

“We are currently way off track to meeting either the 1.5°C or 2°C targets that the Paris Agreement calls for,” said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a foreword.

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Read more and download the report at WMO website

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