We’re careening into ‘uncharted territory of destruction,’ WMO climate report says

This aerial photograph shows flooded residential areas after heavy monsoon rains in Dera Allah Yar, Balochistan province.
This aerial photograph taken on September 5th, 2022, shows flooded residential areas after heavy monsoon rains in Dera Allah Yar, Balochistan province in Pakistan, following months of record monsoon rains. | Photo by FIDA HUSSAIN / AFP via Getty Images

“The science is unequivocal: we are going in the wrong direction” when it comes to addressing climate change, a new report from the World Meteorological Organization says. This year’s planet-heating pollution has risen above pre-pandemic levels.

All over the world, people are already facing dire consequences from the 1.2 degrees of global warming human activity has caused since the industrial revolution. “Heatwaves in Europe. Colossal floods in Pakistan. Prolonged and severe droughts in China, the Horn of Africa and the United States. They are the price of humanity’s fossil fuel addiction,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a press release and accompanying video today.

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Author: Justine Calma