As per the the United Nations World Meteorological Organization, the world witnessed exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and extreme weather in 2016.
The UN agency also noted that global temperatures made yet another record last year and warned that the extreme weather and climate conditions have continued into 2017.
According to the agency’s Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2016, the global temperatures hit a remarkable 1.1 degree-Celsius above the pre-industrial period.
The global sea-level touched record highs and the planet’s sea-ice coverage dropped more than four million square kilometers below average in November, the statement added.
The increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which reached new highs of 400 parts per million in the atmosphere, and the 2015-16 El Niño phenomenon played a big role in 2016’s climate.
Last year recorded severe droughts in southern and eastern Africa and Central America, hurricane Matthew in Haiti and heavy rains and floods in eastern and southern Asia, affecting millions of people.
According to the report, extreme weather and climate conditions are expected to continue this year.
Describing 2017 as “uncharted territory”, World Climate Research Programme Director David Carlson says, “Even without a strong El Niño in 2017, we are seeing other remarkable changes across the planet that are challenging the limits of our understanding of the climate system.”