Dire Climate Warning

Hasan Jawaid Khan


The recently released Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has a warning for India too. If current global warming trends continue unchecked it is likely to lead to an increase in annual mean precipitation over India, with more severe rains expected over southern India in the coming decades. The IPCC report warns that the planet is heading towards warming by 1.5° Celsius over pre-industrial times in the next two decades.

In fact, the year 2020 ranked as the second-warmest year in the 141-year record for the combined land and ocean surface, and land areas were hottest on record (https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/climate-change-global-temperature). Rebecca Lindsey and LuAnn Dahlman, writing in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s NOAA Climate.gov, say that many parts of Europe and Asia were recorded warm, including most of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans with the heat reaching all the way to the Antarctic. NOAA’s 2020 Annual Climate Report also says the combined land and ocean temperature has increased at an average rate of 0.13 degrees Fahrenheit (0.08 degrees Celsius) per decade since 1880. According to the report, the 10 warmest years on record have all occurred since 2005, and 7 of the 10 have occurred since 2014...read more