Global warming is still the biggest disaster threatening our Earth, even though it is not spoken too much because of coronavirus. Experts think that the next 5 years will be the hottest 5 years.
In recent years, the temperature increase has been out of control. While new temperature records are broken every year, new explanations are coming from experts. Finally, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) stated that the average temperature around the world could set new records between 2020 and 2024. According to the data collected from 1-year and 10-year climate forecasts, the next 5 years will be very hot.
The past 5 years have been the hottest 5 years in history
Speaking in the context of April 22nd Earth Day, WMO stated that the last 5 years have passed as the hottest 5 years in history and this trend will continue in the same direction. Although the warming of the weather is the most noticeable effect of global warming, among the disasters waiting for our world in connection with; rising CO2 in the air, warming and acidification of the oceans, sea level, glacial mass balance and melting ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctica.
Coronavirus is not a long-term solution to global warming
Many factories have stopped production as people close to their homes and car use is reduced to a minimum due to a coronavirus pandemic. This seems to have positively reflected on the World, which is struggling with global warming. Still, explaining that the coronavirus outbreak will not be sufficient alone, WMO explained that the measures taken due to the COVID-19 outbreak will temporarily reduce the greenhouse gas density, but this cannot replace long-term and sustainable measures in the climate area. In addition, it was stated that the measures to be taken against the epidemic would put the struggle against air, climate and water threats related to climate change to a significant difficulty.
Explaining the subject, WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas said, “Although COVID-19 causes major international crises in the fields of health and economy, its insufficiency in combating climate change can threaten human welfare, ecosystems and economies for centuries”. According to Taalas, there is a need for a global unification for global warming, as in coronavirus pandemics.