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2016 set to be hottest year on record (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III)

State of Global warming
The world is likely to cross 1.2°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels in 2016, coming dangerously close to breaching the 1.5°C warming level, which is an ambitious target to stay safe from the worst impacts of climate change.

Report of WMO
In a preliminary assessment provided by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in its ‘Status of the Global Climate in 2016’ report, the global UN weather agency warned here on Monday that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures even higher than what 2015 experienced.

Global temperatures for January to September 2016 have been about 0.88°C above the average (14°C) for the 1961-1990 reference period, which WMO uses as a baseline.

Major weather events associated with Global warming
The WMO report outlined the major weather events associated with increasing global warming levels in 2016. In total, there have been 78 tropical cyclones globally in 2016 as of October 31, close to the long-term average, the report said. The Yangtze basin in China had its most significant summer floods since 1999. Sri Lanka experienced flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka in mid-May leaving many dead or displaced. Above-normal seasonal rainfall in the Sahel led to significant flooding in the Niger River basin, with the river reaching its highest levels in about 50 years in Mali.



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