As the world gathers in Glasgow, Scotland, for Earth-changing global climate conference (COP26), the United Nations “World Meteorological Organisation has warned that the world is” straying far off track “in its slowing greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record high last year and rose more quickly than the yearly average over the past decade, despite a temporary abatement of levels during pandemic closures, the World Meteorological Organisation said in a report released Monday.

Methane is 262% and nitrous oxide 123% of the 1.750 level when human activity began to upstaged Earth’s natural balance, reports the report.

“The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin contains a stark, scientific message for climate change negotiators at COP26. At the current rate of increase in greenhouse gas concentrations, we will see a temperature increase by the end of this century far in excess of the Paris Agreement targets,” said the World Meteorological Organisation’s Secretary General, Professor Petteri Taalas.

Coincidentally, the new Bulletin has been designed to coincide with the Climate Change Conference COP26 – scheduled to begin in Glasgow this Sunday.

26 takes place from 31 October 2021 to 12 November 2021, during the United Kingdom Presidency, which will take part in a new partnership with Italy.

Concerns about increasing temperatures have led many countries to set detailed timetables for decarbonisation, and we look forward to COP26 seeing an increase in commitments.

Overall, the WMO noted that despite a temporary reduction in the new emissions, last year’s pandemic economic retreat “did not have any discernible impact on the atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases and their growth rates, although there was a temporary decline in new emissions.”

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Paris Agreement

Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, dealing with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance, signed in 2016 (wikipedia)

World Meteorological Organization

The World Meteorological Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for promoting international cooperation on atmospheric science, climatology, hydrology and geophysics. (wikipedia)

Petteri Taalas

Petteri Taalas is the Secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Appointed in 2015 by the World Meteorological Congress, (wikipedia)

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations responsible for advancing knowledge on human-induced climate change. (wikipedia)