Climate changes wrecking world environment.
This year environmental damage through floods, fires and high temperatures has made a devastating impact on the world.
And scientists predict we will see more of these devastating events.
Last year was the warmest ever recorded on Earth that didn’t feature an El Niño, a periodic climatic event that warms the Pacific Ocean.
This is according to 500 climate specialists from around the world in a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The planet experienced soaring temperatures, retreating sea ice, a record high sea level, shrinking glaciers and the most destructive coral bleaching event on record.
“This is the face of climate change,” said Prof Michael Mann, at Penn State University, and one the world’s most eminent climate scientists. “We literally would not have seen these extremes in the absence of climate change.”
“The impacts of climate change are no longer subtle. We are seeing them play out in real-time and what is happening this summer is a perfect example of that.”
“We are seeing our predictions come true,” he said. “As a scientist that is reassuring, but as a citizen of planet Earth, it is very distressing to see that as it means we have not taken the necessary action.”
And the turbulent weather could continue, as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center says there is a 70 per cent chance of another El Nino occurring this winter.
El Nino is part of Earth’s natural process, characterized by a warming in the Pacific Ocean with repercussions across the globe, including higher temperatures and greater precipitation in various regions.
One of the strongest El Ninos on record occurred from the fall of 2015 well into 2016. In Canada, it brought the second-warmest winter since record-keeping began in 1948, while the World Health Organization reported that 60 million people were affected globally.
And the irony of it all is this – 30 years ago we had a chance to save the planet from climate change.
But we did not.