The bleak prediction about global warming from the greatest expert in meteorology

Gerhard Adrian, head of the World Meteorological Organization, doubts that the goal of the Paris Agreement will be achieved.

File photo of the student strike for the climate on September 27, 2019.

The president of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Gerhard Adrian, affirmed this Tuesday that find it difficult to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of keeping global warming below two degrees Celsius.

“The increase in CO2 emissions continues without brake. Thus, the objective of two degrees Celsius can hardly be achieved, ”Adrian assured at the annual press conference of the German Weather Service (DWD), which he also chairs.

The Paris Agreement to tackle climate change obliges the signatories to do everything necessary so that the increase in temperatures do not exceed two degrees for 2100 with respect to pre-industrial levels and thus avoid the most catastrophic effects of global warming.

Last year, despite restrictions on mobility and economic activity, emissions of polluting gases that cause the greenhouse effect increased again, explained Adrian. “Unfortunately at present it seems that we are heading towards a increase in temperatures of between 3 and 4 degrees”he pointed.

The president of the World Meteorological Organization added that since the end of the 19th century, global average temperatures have increased by 1.1 degrees. In Germany this increase is 1.6 degrees.

Gerhard Adrian indicated that the climatic scenarios that were outlined in the 90s of the last century They have been very successful in their predictions. on the evolution of temperatures and urged to take current, even more precise, forecasts “very seriously” for the future.

The United Nations, to which WMO belongs, hopes that the next Climate Summit (COP26)scheduled for this November in Glasgow (United Kingdom), achieves a more ambitious commitment by the signatories to get closer to the objective of two degrees Celsius.

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