2017 ‘very likely’ in top three warmest years on record

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Context:

According to the World Meteorological Organization’s provisional Statement on the State of the Climate, the year 2017 is “very likely” to be in the top three warmest years on record.

Facts:

  • Long-term indicators of climate change such as increasing carbon dioxide concentrations, sea level rise and ocean acidification continue unabated.
  • Temperatures in 2016 and, to an extent, 2015, were boosted by an exceptionally strong El Niño. 
  • However, 2017 is set to be the warmest year on record without an El Niño influence.
  • The past three years have all been in the top three years in terms of temperature records. This is part of a long term warming trend.

About WMO:

  • WMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) with 191 Member States and Territories.
  • It is the UN system’s authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with the land and oceans, the weather and climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.

Source:BBC & Wiki