Earth’s warming weather and rising seas are getting worse and doing so faster than before, the World Meteorological Organisation warned in a somber note as world leaders started gathering for international climate negotiations.
“The latest State of the Global Climate report is a chronicle of climate chaos,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.

“We must answer the planet’s distress signal with action – ambitious, credible climate action.”

This juxtaposition of two images, the first from August 22, 2016, (below) and the other from June 20, 2022, show a view from the same spot of the receding Rhone glacier near Gletsch, Switzerland.
This juxtaposition of two images, the first from August 22, 2016, (below) and the other from June 20, 2022, show a view from the same spot of the receding Rhone glacier near Gletsch, Switzerland. (Getty)

In its annual state of the climate report, the United Nations’ weather agency said that sea level rise in the past decade was double what it was in the 1990s and since January 2020 has jumped at a higher rate than that. Since the decade began, seas are rising at 5 millimeters a year compared to 2.1 millimeters in the 1990s.

The last eight years have been the warmest on record, the WMO said in a report that didn’t break new ground but was a collection of recent weather trends, data and impacts in one central place.

“The melting (of ice) game we have lost and also the sea level rate,” WMO chief Petteri Taalas told The Associated Press.

“There are no positive indicators so far.”

Boats lie on the dried riverbed at a tourist dock along the Po river in Torricella, northern Italy, Thursday, July 14, 2022. Italy's drought has dried up rivers. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Boats lie on the dried riverbed at a tourist dock along the Po river in Torricella, northern Italy, Thursday, July 14, 2022. Italy’s drought has dried up rivers. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) (AP)
The only reason that the globe hasn’t broken annual temperature records in the past few years is a rare three-year La Niña weather phenomenon, he said.

The data on sea level and average temperatures are nothing compared to how climate change has hit people in extreme weather.

The report highlights the summer’s incredible flood in Pakistan that killed more than 1,700 people and displaced 7.9 million, a crippling four-year drought in East Africa that has more than 18 million hungry, the Yangtze River drying to its lowest level in August, and record heat-waves broiling people in Europe and China.

People float in the Yangtze River near bridge support columns that show previous water levels in southwestern China's Chongqing Municipality.
People float in the Yangtze River near bridge support columns that show previous water levels in southwestern China’s Chongqing Municipality (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) (AP)

“This latest report from the World Meteorological Organisation reads like a lab report for a critically ill patient, but in this case the patient is Earth,” said climate scientist Jennifer Francis of the Woodwell Climate Research Center in Cape Cod, who wasn’t part of the report.

Levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide all reached record high levels, with potent methane increasing at a record pace, the report said.

That means more than just warming temperatures on land. Ice, both Greenland’s ice sheet and the world’s glaciers, are shrinking precipitously, the report said. For the 26th year in a row, Greenland lost ice when all types of ice are factored in. The volume of glacier snow in Switzerland dropped by more than one-third from 2001 to 2022, the report said.

People watch the dry Galardi river in Ascain, southwestern France, Friday, July 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
People watch the dry Galardi river in Ascain, southwestern France, Friday, July 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Bob Edme) (AP)
Contractors for the US Army Corps of Engineers pump sand from the ocean floor onto the beach in the Rockaway Peninsula in New York City on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022.
Contractors for the US Army Corps of Engineers pump sand from the ocean floor onto the beach new New York to protect the coast from rising sea levels. (AP)

But 90 per cent of the heat trapped on Earth goes into the ocean and the upper 2000 meters of the ocean is getting warmer faster. The rate of warming the last 15 years is 67 per cent faster than since 1971, the report said.

That ocean heat “will continue to warm in the future – a change which is irreversible on centennial to millennial time scales,” the report said.

Outside experts weren’t surprised by the report and said no one should be.

Simon Stiell, UN climate chief, speaks at an opening session at the COP27 UN Climate Summit. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Simon Stiell, UN climate chief, speaks at an opening session at the COP27 UN Climate Summit. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) (AP)

“What climate scientists have warned about for decades is upon us. And will continue to worsen without action,’’ said University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd.

Residents at The Escort Way in Forbes woke up to find a kangaroo sheltering from floodwaters in the front of their house. Despite  flooding the family have decided to stay put because they have animals to care for.

Roo seeks shelter from floods inside shocked family’s house

“Two things must go away: Climate delayism and speaking about climate change impacts in the future tense. It’s here.”

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