GENEVA (Reuters) - The head of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday that global temperatures could rise by 3-5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels this century if nothing is done to stop rising heat-trapping emissions.
“If we don’t do anything, the range will be 3-5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas, in response to a Reuters question about climate scenarios.
He was speaking at a news conference in Geneva where another U.N. agency presented a study showing that global emissions surged to a record level in 2018.
Reporting by Emma Farge and Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Alison Williams
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