A recent report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has revealed that Europe is warming up faster than any other continent. This is a cause for concern as European temperatures have risen more than twice as quickly as global average temperatures since 1991. This has resulted in extreme weather conditions, from devastating floods to deadly heat waves.
The report states that Europe was approximately 2.3°C above the pre-industrial average used as a baseline for the Paris Agreement. Europe has also experienced its hottest summer ever recorded. There were 40 meteorological, hydrological, and climate-related hazards in Europe, which resulted in 16,365 reported fatalities and directly affected 156,000 people. About 67% of the events were flood and storm-related, accounting for about US$ 2 billion of economic damages.
Wind and solar energy generated 22.3% of EU electricity annually, overtaking fossil gas (20%) and coal power (16%) for the first time. This is a step in the right direction towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change.
The report warns that these events are part of a pattern that will make heat stress extremes more frequent and intense across the region. Urgent action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
The warming of Europe at such a rapid pace is alarming. Governments, industries, and individuals need to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. This can be done by promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency tools, reducing waste, and increasing the use of public transportation.
We can no longer ignore the warning signs of climate change. It is time for us to take responsibility and work towards a sustainable future for our planet.