The warning to the leaders of the world couldn't be plainer. The future is happening now, so deal with it.
That's the message from the World Meteoroligical Organization in its Status of the Global Climate report.
Releasing its Status of the Global Climate report, the WMO – a United Nations body – detailed the string of climate and weather records that were broken in 2015, including global temperature records, exceptional rainfall, devastating droughts, unusual cyclone activity and intense heatwaves.
“The year 2015 will stand out in the historical record of the global climate in many ways,” said WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas in the report.
“The future is happening now,” he said in a statement released alongside the report. “The alarming rate of change we are now witnessing in our climate as a result of greenhouse gas emission is unprecedented in modern records.”
“We have to put this report in context. 2014 was the hottest year on record to date too. We’ve had something like 15 out of the 16 hottest years on record since the turn of the millennium,” she said. “Things aren’t getting better, they’re getting much much worse, and the tone of the report reflects this.”
Perkins-Kirkpatrick said the statistics revealed an emergency. “We haven’t experienced a month that has been below average for over 30 years … I think people forget climate change started happening a long time ago, before a lot of us were even born. Honestly, it’s frightening.”
When the people with the knowledge and experience to understand this science find the rapid rate of climate change "alarming" and "frightening" what exactly is wrong with our governments, our leaders. What is our own Liberal government and our own leader, Justin Trudeau, doing in facilitating that massive expansion of Canada's high-carbon bitumen industry? He's pretty obviously ignoring this warning and all the others that have preceded it even as he'll assure us his government's policies will be informed by science.