COP26: Last seven years warmest on record, says UN climate report

The UN's World Meteorological Organization (UN-WMO) says that global average temperatures are 1C warmer than their preindustrial levels over the past two decades as the COP26 climate summit begins in Glasgow.
Between 2015 and 2021, the years that followed broke all-time heat records FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images

According to UN scientists, the last seven years have been the warmest ever recorded. This is yet another sign that climate change has become more serious. This provisional finding is made on the same day that the COP26 climate summit opens at Glasgow. Nearly 200 countries will be meeting there to prevent future catastrophic warming.

According to data from the UN World Meteorological Organization, 2021 is the sixth or seventh-warmest year in recorded history.