There is a 95-percent chance that this year will be an average of 1.2 degrees Celsius warmer than the pre-industrial level, writes the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in a report, which will be presented in Morocco at the climate summit COP22 in Marrakesh.
Meanwhile, extreme weather phenomena such as heat waves, hurricanes, and floods have been more frequent and more drastic than before. Warmer oceans have led to the bleaching of coral reeves as well as disruptions to marine eco-systems.
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