Climate Change is not a hoax

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The UN Climate Change Conference opens Yesterday 6 November 2017, in Bonn, Germany, with the aim of launching nations towards the next level of ambition needed to tackle global warming and put the world on a safer and more prosperous development path.

In Germany this year, the world will seek to consolidate efforts made in the Paris Climate Agreement. The COP23 will bring together representatives of governments and heads of state from around the world, strategies to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change will be discussed in line with the Paris Agreement.

The Paris Agreement which was adopted by nations in COP21 in 2015 came into force less than 12 months later, aims to keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius. 

It is predicted that 2017 will likely be one of the three hottest years on record, with many high-impact events including catastrophic hurricanes and floods, debilitating heatwaves and drought. Long-term indicators of climate change such as increasing carbon dioxide concentrations, sea level rise and ocean acidification continue unabated. Arctic sea ice coverage remains below average and previously stable Antarctic sea ice extent was at or near a record low.

What happened at the African COP or COP of Action in Marrakesh matters to the rest of the world, because it’s where the Paris Agreement had been into force.

The event generated extraordinary momentum on climate change worldwide, and in many multilateral fora. The commitment seen from distinct sectors was a solid proof that climate change is not a hoax.

This momentum was multilateral and irreversible – it has been driven not only by governments, but by science, business and global action of all types at all levels.

The World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) provisional Statement on the State of the Climate says the average global temperature from January to September 2017 was approximately 1.1°C above the pre-industrial era. As a result of a powerful El Niño, 2016 is likely to remain the warmest year on record, with 2017 and 2015 being second and/or third. 2013-2017 is set to be the warmest five-year period on record.

The WMO statement – which covers January to September - was released on the opening day of the United Nations climate change conference in Bonn. It includes information submitted by a wide range of UN agencies on human, socio-economic and environmental impacts as part of a drive to provide a more comprehensive, UN-wide policy brief for decision makers on the interplay between weather, climate and water and the UN global goals.

“Climate change is happening, humans are causing it, and I think this is perhaps the most serious environmental issue facing us.”
Bill Nye