COP26: Last seven years warmest on record, says UN climate report

As the COP26 climate summit opens in Glasgow, the UN’s World Meteorological Organization says global average temperatures have been 1°C warmer than pre-industrial levels for two decades

Environment 31 October 2021

TOPSHOT - A woman looks at wildfires tearing through a forest in the region of Chefchaouen in northern Morocco on August 15, 2021. - Firefighters were battling overnight to put out two forest blazes, a forestries official said as the North African kingdom swelters in a heatwave that saw temperatures of up to 49 degrees Celsius (120 Fahrenheit) on the weekend, according to weather authorities. Morocco joins several other Mediterranean countries that have seen forest fires in recent weeks, including neighbouring Algeria where at least 90 people were killed in wildfires last week. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) (Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)

The years between 2015 and 2021 broke all-time heat records

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The last seven years were the warmest on record, in what UN scientists say is another clear sign that climate change is “getting worse and worse”. The provisional finding comes on the same day as the COP26 climate summit opens in Glasgow, where nearly 200 countries are meeting to avoid future catastrophic warming.

The UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in a report that 2021 is currently the sixth or seventh warmest year on record, based on data to the …

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