As India is approaching the summer season, record levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases have led to increased incidences of droughts, floods and heatwaves on a global scale, the World Meteorological Organisation's (WMO) annual report for 2022 said.
The WMO, an agency of the United Nations, in its report, said real-time data from specific locations show that levels of the three greenhouse gases - carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide - continued to increase in 2023.
Water crises, Droughts, floods and heatwaves affected communities on every continent including India and cost many billions of dollars, the report said. Antarctic sea ice fell to its lowest extent on record and the melting of some European glaciers was, literally, off the charts, it said.
Global mean temperatures for the past eight years have been the highest on record; in 2022, it was 1.15 degrees Celsius above the 1850-1900 average.
The policymakers must take note of the crisis, the world will witness tremendous discomfort.