Past 7 Years in a Row Were Hottest on Record, Harrowing WMO Report Confirms

Spain’s La Palma Volcano Continues to Erupt and Spew Ash

In late September, the Cumbre Vieja volcano on Spain’s La Palma Island erupted into a fury of red-hot lava and ash. For two weeks after the initial eruption, lava singed through farmland, roads, and homes on the southwestern part of the island, reports NASA’s Earth Observatory. 

The island’s volcano has entered its sixth week of eruption and shows no signs of stopping. As seismic activity continues to increase, La Palma could be hit with an earthquake measuring a six on the Richter magnitude scale. Associated Press/Europa Press

The volcano is currently still active and has continued to inflict chaos and pose a threat to the archipelago. After scorching more than 2,000 acres of land, including residential areas, thousands of people had to flee, CBS News reports. Those who have stayed on the island are at risk for earthquakes, lava flows, acid rain, toxic gases, and ash. La Palma has been erupting for more than six weeks and still shows no signs of stopping. As seismic activity continues to increase, La Palma could be hit with an earthquake measuring a six on the Richter magnitude scale, report Guillermo Vega and Ana Torres Menárguez for El País. Just one week ago, a sixth lava vent opened up, and part of the volcano’s cone collapsed, causing more magma to overflow…READ ON

Past 7 Years in a Row Were Hottest on Record, Harrowing WMO Report Confirms

The United Nations Secretary-General has called 2021 “the make it or break it year” for climate action.

“The trend since 2015, however, is clear: In just seven years, there has been a rapid and long-term rise in global temperatures, sea level rise, ocean warming, and acidification.”

2021 is not over yet, but a provisional report on the state of the planet suggests we are leaning heavily towards breaking it. Experts at the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) recently calculated the last seven years have been the warmest on record.

We only have data for the first nine months of 2021, but the initial analysis suggests it will likely rank either the fifth, sixth, or seventh warmest year of those seven. The main reason it won’t be warmer is because earlier this year, the cooling effects of La Niña kicked in.

The trend since 2015, however, is clear: In just seven years, there has been a rapid and long-term rise in global temperatures, sea level rise, ocean warming, and acidification…READ ON

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