BMKG: Climate change is here today; it is not fake news

Jakarta – The head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), Dwikorita Karnawati, highlighted the increasingly alarming impact of climate change sweeping the earth. According to her, this is not just a future forecast but a reality billions of people face worldwide.

“The impact of increasing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, due to the burning of fossil fuels and unsustainable industrial practices, has caused climate change at an unprecedented speed,” she said in an official statement.

According to Karnawati, global climate change has reached a point where it can no longer be taken lightly, adding that the fact is here today and “is not fake news or predictions for the future.”

She cited data from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) stating that in instrumental observations, 2023 recorded the hottest temperature. The global average temperature experienced an anomaly of 1.40 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times.

“This is almost the limit agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement, where the world must limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The year 2023 will also see new daily temperature records and extreme heat waves in Asia and Europe,” Karnawati explained.

In facing this challenge, Dwikorita emphasised the need for cross-sector cooperation. “Joint steps are needed from all components of society, including the government, private sector, academics, media, NGOs, and others,” she said. (Hartatik)

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