Carbon dioxide levels at a key observing station are some 26% higher than in 1970, and the average global temperature has risen 0.86 degree Celsius since then, being 1.1 degree Celsius warmer than the pre-industrial era, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said Wednesday.

The WMO said at a video press conference from Geneva that in 50 years since the first celebration of Earth Day, the physical signs of climate change and impacts on our planet have accelerated, reaching “a crescendo” in the past five years, which were the hottest on record.

“That trend is expected to continue,” said WMO

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