TINDERBOX: Firefighters can only watch as a huge blaze burns near Clearlake, California, on August 1 last year. The fire was one of dozens raging in the drought parched US state.
TINDERBOX: Firefighters can only watch as a huge blaze burns near Clearlake, California, on August 1 last year. The fire was one of dozens raging in the drought parched US state. NOAH Bergerepa

Record-breaking 2015 temps spark climate warning

WITH temperature records shattered around the globe last year, the World Meteorological Organisation has called for greenhouse gases to be cut immediately "before we pass the point of no return".

WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas made the comment after the release of a report that showed temperatures in 2015 were the hottest on record - an average 0.76 degrees above the 20th century average and a full degree above the 19th century mark.

"We are halfway to the critical two degrees Celsius threshold," Mr Taalas said.

"National climate change plans adopted so far may not be enough to avoid a temperature rise of three degrees, but we can avert the worst-case scenarios with urgent and far-reaching measures to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

"Our planet is sending a powerful message to world leaders to sign and implement the Paris Agreement on climate change."

Recently released NASA data showed February this year was the hottest month since global records began.


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