WMO Statement on the state of the global climate change has been published. It summarizes the symptoms of climate change. The detailed report can be found at this link: https://library.wmo.int/doc_num.php?explnum_id=5789
Action required - The outlook is very grim
While climate trends outlined in the 25th aniversary WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2018 paint a grim picture about the speed of earth’s climate change, the world meteorological and political leaders need to refocus to manage not only the easiest to measure symptom of climatic change, CO2 concentrations, but also the root causes as exemplified by the scientific community.
Fight the cause, not the symptoms
Arguably, the leading contributor to accelerated global warming is the erosion of natural vegetation and rain forests by unsustainable farming techniques and poor urban planning both of which can be grouped into what is known as the erosion of water catchment areas. Erosion of water catchment areas leads to the reduction in CO2 absorbing plant life and the acidification of oceans. Plankton has a great capacity to absorb all the CO2 that humans can muster, the problem is that the ocean must first absorb this CO2 which leads to its acidification and destruction of many sensitive organisms like corals which are homes to many oceanic organisms.
WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2018 can also be found in other major languages at the following links:
Chinese: 世界气象组织 2018年 全球气候状况声明 (2019)