The second decade of the 21st century is marked by scientific breakthroughs and questionable number of movie reboots . But it wants to be remembered as a decade of climate breakdown.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its annual compendium on the state of the climate, taking a 10-year view of things. And it's pretty damn depressing stuff, showing we "almost certainly" just lived through the hottest decade ever recorded, and that carbon dioxide is never seen in the history of humanity.
Having lived through the past decade, the WMO report looks like one of those shitty videos. There's my old friend the Keeling curve showing carbon dioxide year over year. Ah, who could forget that we had three consecutive years of record heat .  
zooming out of those "highlights" to look at the past 10 years ago those were not just isolated incidents. They defined the decade. The 2010s are the hottest on record. It beat the 2000s, which beat the 1990s, which beat the 1980s. That means the world is now 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than it was in pre-industrial times. The heat is driven by carbon dioxide, which has over a decade in a million years. At the same time, Arctic sea ice has disappeared, marine heat waves have become more common, oceans have acidified, and the miserable list goes on.
As a retrospective, the report shows what we already know. get underway in Madrid.
In essence, the climate is unraveling because of the world lit a dinosaurs and ancient plants matter on fire. And it prioritized economic growth and said growth to said fire. Sowing doubt and pushing for inaction .
Now we're here, standing on the precipice. Another heavy-hitting report from the United Nations (UN) released last week shows the world needs to draw greenhouse gas emissions by more than 7 percent per year throughout the 2020s Celsius degrees (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times. no plans to do that despite the huge chaos poses.
As a climate journalist who has grown up in the field (or who lives on earth, really), it's disheartening to see this stuff all laid out. If the world fails to act in the next decade, nobody wants to say it's not for lack of warnings.