The World Meteorological Organisation – the boffins that monitor and study all things weather related around the globe, and basically the Weather Wing of the United Nations – have warned that climate change created by humans has pushed our planet into “truly uncharted territory”.
This comes after news that 2016 was the hottest year the planet has faced since records began, and that trend has continued in 2017.
“Earth is a planet in upheaval due to human-caused changes in the atmosphere”
In a report released today, the WMO have said that, following their studies on the climate in 2016, there were unprecedented levels of heat across the planet last year, exceptionally low ice levels at both the North and South Poles, and rising sea levels.
Some of this phenomenal change in climate can be attributed to El Niño – the naturally occurring climate cycle that few really understand fully, but apparently affects everything from snowfall to how high waves can break – but global warming is still being driven by human activities.