World Meteorological Day 2016 Focuses On Reality of Climate Change
World Meteorological Day is being observed today [March 23] and the theme for this year 'Hotter, drier, wetter. Face the Future' was chosen to illustrate the reality of climate change. It highlights that, without urgent action to cut emissions, the trend of increasing temperatures and the frequency and intensity of extreme events will accelerate.
In his message on this occasion, the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), Mr Petteri Taalas, pointed out that climate change is affecting the natural and human environment with emissions of greenhouse gases rising, and temperatures of the lower atmosphere and the ocean increasing.
He recalled that the Earth is already 1°C hotter than at the start of the 20th century while adding that the international community has unanimously recognised the need for bold action. 'Governments adopted the Paris Agreement last year to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C', he said.