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The UN’s State of the Climate Report Paints a Grim Picture

Released today by the World Meteorological Organization, the analysis links extreme weather events to climate change.

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A projected 22 million people were displaced by extreme weather in 2019, up from 17.2 million the year before, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s annual State of the Global Climate report, released today.

The specialized United Nations agency used data from national meteorological and hydrological services across the globe, as well as other scientific institutions and UN agencies, to confirm several statistics it had presented at the multi-national organization’s Climate Change Conference in December: that 2019 was the second-warmest year on record; that 2015 to 2019 were the warmest five years on record; and that 2010 to 2019 was the warmest decade on record. “Since the 1980s, each successive decade has been warmer than any preceding decade since 1850,” according to a press release.