Extreme weather events and natural catastrophes are further increasing, the expert and head of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warned Monday (Tuesday) in Manila and argued that climate change is the main cause of the torrential downpours and lethal floods that have raged over western Europe this summer.

“We have always had extreme weather events, but because of climate change, we have started seeing them more often and they are more intense.”Petteri Taalas

“We have always had extreme weather events, but because of climate change, we have started seeing them more often and they are more intense.” Petteri Taalas, secretary-general of the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization (WMO), told Xinhua.

At the same time, in recent days, several western European countries have suffered destructive flash flooding as a result of heavy rain, which has left over 100 humans dead and caused immense damage.

Asked if he expected more natural disasters over the coming years, Taalas said climate change would definitely continue for decades to come.”Climate change will anyhow continue for the coming decades. If we are successful with climate mitigation, we could stop this negative trend in the 2060s.”

Countries all over the planet have committed themselves to achieving peak global greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible and make a climate-neutral world by mid-century.

Taalas emphasized also that no region of the world is safe from the adverse effects of extreme weather events and natural disasters.

He also cautioned of record-breaking numbers of hurricanes in the Caribbean last year, supertyphoons in Asia and hurricanes hitting Pacific Islands and southern parts of Africa.

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Taalas underlined that no more time must be wasted in combating global warming.

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