While human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are responsible for the bulk of the increase in CO2 levels, Australia's bushfires have made the problem measurably worse, underscoring the impact of the catastrophe on the global climate system.
The World Meteorological Organization said global temperatures so far this year were 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average between 1850-1900, making 2019 one of the top three warmest years ever recorded.
"There is no sign of a slowdown, let alone a decline, in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, despite all the commitments under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change," WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas, said.
The UN agency called for the tobacco industry to compensate for its products that contribute to greenhouse gases blamed for climate change. However, it did not specify the amount of compensation.
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