Weekly Current Affairs

Notice

  1. The world is likely to cross 1.2° C of global warming above pre-industrial levels in 2016, coming dangerously close to breaching the 1.5° C warming levels advised as an ambitious target to stay safe from the worst impacts of climate change.
  2. In a preliminary assessment provided by World Meteorological Organisation in its Status of Global Climate in 2016 report, the global UN weather agency warned that 2016 will be the hottest year on record.
  3.  Paris Agreement had adopted 2°C as absolute threshold for staying within safe global warming levels. However, 1.5°C was advised as ambitious target, especially bearing in mind fate of small island countries such as Haiti or Maldives that are threatened with submergence due to sea-level rise & extreme weather events.
  4. While the extra heat from the powerful El Niño event has disappeared, the heat from global warming will continue.
  5. WMO report outlined major weather events associated with increasing global warming levels in 2016. The most significant, in terms of casualties, was Hurricane Matthew affecting Haiti and parts of U.S. Typhoon Lionrock caused destructive flooding and heavy casualties in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Cyclone Winston was most severe tropical storm on record to affect Fiji.
  6. In total, there have been 78 tropical cyclones globally in 2016 as of October 31, close to the long-term average.
  7. The Yangtze basin in China had its most significant summer floods since 1999. Sri Lanka experienced flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka in mid-May leaving many dead or displaced.
  8. There were a number of major heat waves and droughts experienced during 2015- 2016. The year started with an extreme heat wave in southern Africa, exacerbated by the ongoing drought.