2016 Hottest Year on Record – Meeting with Irish Government Officials
2016 poised to be the Hottest on Record
On 24 November, representatives of the SMA Thumbprint Campaign for Climate Justice met with Adrian Fitzgerald and Sarah McIvor, the Irish Civil Servants at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for the Irish Government’s Climate Change portfolio.
Adrian briefed the SMA group on his recent participation at the COP 22 meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco, a critical follow-up to the historic Paris Agreement supported by 190 countries, including the USA.
The atmosphere at this year’s meeting in Marrakesh was initially dominated by the climate change in American politics and what many saw as a potential setback to the environmental movement.
Adrian Fitzgerald informed us that despite the initial shock, this year’s COP 22 gathering, with the support of the Obama Administration, recognised there was no time to waste and they must be united in a common purpose.
Urgency is highlighted by the fact that 2016 is poised to become the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set in 2015.
The following report from the BBC is sobering. Speaking to the BBC, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) secretary-general Petteri Taalas, said:
“Another year. Another record. The high temperatures we saw in 2015 are set to be beaten in 2016… Because of climate change, the occurrence and impact of extreme events has risen.
“‘Once in a generation’ heatwaves and flooding are becoming more regular. Sea level rise has increased exposure to storm surges associated with tropical cyclones,” he said.
Scientists are stressing that the evidence for the reality of climate change is getting stronger all the time.
The BBC Report may be read here: