Pandemic lockdowns made little difference to the world's pollution levels.
The United Nations has published a new report on the global climate.
It warned the world is still heading in the wrong direction.
The @WMO United in Science 2022 report has just been released 📰🌍
“We are heading in the wrong direction”
➡️🌡️2015 - 2021 were the warmest 7 years on record 🌡️
Find out all the key messages from the press release and the report 👇https://t.co/LHpwd36jS3 pic.twitter.com/Fp3yhSwJsO
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) September 13, 2022
Global emissions are 1.2% higher so far this year than in the same period in 2019.
The UN said it was driven by pollutants from Europe, India and the US.
Ireland had its hottest day in more than 100 years this summer with temperatures of 33 degrees recorded in Dublin
There are now five times the number of weather-related disasters than 50 years ago, inflicting costs of €200 million every day.
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said there is nothing natural about the scale of these disasters.
There was some hope in the report, however, with the UN noting carbon dioxide emissions fell in 23 countries in the decade before the pandemic, and also called for more renewables.