Extreme weather conditions in 2021 saw fires rage, rivers flooded, ice melt and temperatures soar.
Climate change has reshaped life on planet Earth due to extreme weather conditions, which have also included wild droughts and storms.
World leaders are meeting in Scotland to try to accelerate the fight against climate change.
So far, that hasn’t worked, as the world keeps getting warmer and its weather conditions increasingly extreme, according to scientists and government officials. They don’t need to go far back in time or far for examples.
There have been deadly floods in Belgium, Germany, China and Tennessee in the United States.
Fires have broken out in parts of the west coast of the United States, in Greece and even in the Arctic.
The heatwaves have proven to be deadly and unprecedented, with temperatures in the northwestern United States reaching 47 Â° C (116 Â° F) in Portland, Oregon, a city known for its mild climate. Meanwhile, Hurricane Ida crippled New York City with deadly record rains.
“These events would have been impossible without man-made climate change,” said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
In the United States alone, there have been 18 weather or climate disasters this year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In the 1980s, the average year saw only three such disasters.
“We now have five times more weather disasters recorded than in 1970, and they are seven times more costly,” Guterres said, referring to global totals. âEven the most developed countries have become vulnerable. “