Europe has warmed twice as much as the rest of the world in the last 30 years

Europe has warmed more than twice as much as the rest of the world over the past three decades and has experienced the largest rise in temperature of any continent, a report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) shows.

he report on the state of the climate in Europe follows a summer of extremes. A record-breaking heatwave scorched Britain, Ireland had its hottest temperature in 135 years, Alpine glaciers were disappearing at an unprecedented rate and a prolonged marine heatwave warmed the Mediterranean.

“Europe presents a vivid picture of a warming world and reminds us that even well-prepared societies are not safe from the effects of extreme weather events,” WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said in a statement.

From 1991 to 2021, temperatures across Europe warmed by an average of 0.5°C per decade, the report says, while the global average was 0.2°C. Last year, extreme weather events made worse by climate change – mainly floods and storms – caused €50 billion in damage across Europe.

The reason the continent is warming faster than other continents has to do with the fact that much of it lies in the subarctic and arctic — the fastest-warming region on Earth — as well as changes in climate feedbacks, scientists said.

Fewer clouds over Europe in the summer have meant more sunlight and warmth are now reaching the country, said Freja Vamborg, senior scientist at the Copernicus Climate Change Service.

Some scientists have dubbed Europe a “heatwave hotspot” because the number of heatwaves has increased faster than other regions due to changes in atmospheric circulation.

Despite rising temperatures, the EU managed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 31 percent between 1990 and 2020, the report says, and aims to cut emissions by 55 percent by 2030.

On Sunday, delegates will arrive in Egypt for COP27, the United Nations’ annual climate summit. Taoiseach Micheál Martin will attend the event in the resort of Sharm El Sheikh.

It is understood he will be accompanied by Secretary of State Simon Coveney.

Your presence will demonstrate Ireland’s commitment to meeting the Paris Agreement targets of reducing carbon emissions by 51 per cent within this decade and reaching net zero by 2050.

The two men will attend the summit in the first week of its deliberations, with Climate Secretary Eamon Ryan, leader of the Green Party, taking over in the second week when the negotiation phase begins.

Earlier this year the Government finally agreed a set of emissions reduction targets for each sector, with controversy over the 25 per cent set for agriculture, which is one of Ireland’s biggest producers of greenhouse gases.

In updated comments added to a government website yesterday, Mr Ryan said: “We have seen temperatures soar across Europe this summer and tens of thousands of people have been evacuated due to wildfires. The planet is clearly heating up fast and we need to act fast.” Europe has warmed twice as much as the rest of the world in the last 30 years

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