The UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has highlighted the urgent need for more climate action since high temperatures are engulfing large parts of the Northern Hemisphere, while devastating floods have disrupted lives and livelihoods. Heatwaves are amongst the deadliest natural hazards and raise the risk of forest fires.
The extreme weather caused by a warming climate has had a major impact on human health, economies, ecosystems, agriculture and water supplies.
According to data released by the UN weather agency:
- June witnessed the warmest global average temperature on record’
- Heatwaves have persisted into early July
- Torrential rains and floods have resulted in dozens of fatalities and affected millions in the United States, Japan, China and India
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