Reports reveal worsening global climate

7th August 2014


Related Topics

Related tags

  • Reporting

Author

Lisle Erskine-Naylor

Global climate indicators in 2013 continued to reflect trends of a warmer planet, according to a new report from the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

Atmospheric CO2 concentrations increased by 2.8 parts per million (ppm) in 2013, reaching a global average of 395.3 ppm for the year, says the State of the climate in 2013 report. It notes that on 9 May last year the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii recorded the daily concentration of CO2 exceeding 400 ppm for the first time since measurements began at the site in 1958.

Last year also provided further evidence that surface temperatures are continuing to increase. The AMS reports that four major datasets show 2013 was among the warmest ever recorded, with temperatures in Australia the highest on record. Data indicates that the globally averaged sea surface temperature for 2013 was among the 10 warmest on record, while the Arctic observed its seventh warmest year since records began in the early 20th century.

The global mean sea level continued to rise last year, increasing at the same pace (about 3.2mm a year) as that recorded anually over the past two decades.

Separate research, meanwhile, shows that weather, climate and water-related disasters are increasing. A study by the World Meteorological Organisation and the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium shows that between 1970 and 2012 there were 8,835 disasters, 1.94 million deaths and economic losses totaling $2.4 trillion reported globally as a result of hazards, such as droughts, extreme temperatures, floods, tropical cyclones and related health epidemics. Storms and floods accounted for 79% of the total number of disasters due to weather, climate and water extremes, and caused 55% of lives lost and 86% of economic losses over the 42-year period.

New findings from European commission scientists indicate that climate damage in the EU could amount to at least €190 billion a year if global temperature increased by 3.5°C. Heat-related deaths could reach about 200,000, the cost of river flood damages could exceed €10 billion, and 8,000km2 of forest could burn in southern Europe, says the commission’s joint research centre.

Subscribe

Subscribe to IEMA's newsletters to receive timely articles, expert opinions, event announcements, and much more, directly in your inbox.


Transform articles

EU and UK citizens fear net-zero delivery deficit

Support for net zero remains high across the UK and the EU, but the majority of citizens don't believe that major emitters and governments will reach their climate targets in time.

16th May 2024

Read more

There is strong support for renewable energy as a source of economic growth among UK voters, particularly among those intending to switch their support for a political party.

16th May 2024

Read more

Taxing the extraction of fossil fuels in the world’s most advanced economies could raise $720bn (£575bn) by 2030 to support vulnerable countries facing climate damages, analysis has found.

2nd May 2024

Read more

The largest-ever research initiative of its kind has been launched this week to establish a benchmark for the private sector’s contribution to the UK’s 2050 net-zero target.

2nd May 2024

Read more

Weather-related damage to homes and businesses saw insurance claims hit a record high in the UK last year following a succession of storms.

18th April 2024

Read more

The Scottish government has today conceded that its goal to reduce carbon emissions by 75% by 2030 is now “out of reach” following analysis by the Climate Change Committee (CCC).

18th April 2024

Read more

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has issued a statement clarifying that no changes have been made to its stance on offsetting scope 3 emissions following a backlash.

16th April 2024

Read more

While there is no silver bullet for tackling climate change and social injustice, there is one controversial solution: the abolition of the super-rich. Chris Seekings explains more

4th April 2024

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert

IEMA Cookie Notice

Clicking the ‘Accept all’ button means you are accepting analytics and third-party cookies. Our website uses necessary cookies which are required in order to make our website work. In addition to these, we use analytics and third-party cookies to optimise site functionality and give you the best possible experience. To control which cookies are set, click ‘Settings’. To learn more about cookies, how we use them on our website and how to change your cookie settings please view our cookie policy.

Manage cookie settings

Our use of cookies

You can learn more detailed information in our cookie policy.

Some cookies are essential, but non-essential cookies help us to improve the experience on our site by providing insights into how the site is being used. To maintain privacy management, this relies on cookie identifiers. Resetting or deleting your browser cookies will reset these preferences.

Essential cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

Analytics cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works.

Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to tailor advertising to you based on your interests. If you do not accept these cookies, you will still see adverts, but these will be more generic.

Save and close