UNITED NATIONS Tottenham Hotspur Youth Jersey , Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Wednesday announced that 2014 is on track to becoming the hottest year ever recorded due to a combination of record-breaking global sea temperatures and record-high greenhouse gas emissions.
The announcement came amid wider warnings that the ravaging effects of climate change continue to impact the planet unabated.
"This is largely due to record high global sea surface temperatures, while high sea temperatures contributed to exceptionally heavy rainfall and floods in many countries and extreme drought in others," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters here.
"The secretary-general of WMO, Michel Jarraud, said that the today's preliminary estimates for 2014 means that 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all occurred in the 21st century Sevilla Youth Jersey ," the spokesman said.
"What we saw in 2014 is consistent with what we expect from a changing climate," Jarraud said in a press release. "What is particularly unusual and alarming this year are the high temperatures of vast areas of the ocean surface, including in the northern hemisphere."
High sea temperatures, the UN agency said, have contributed to exceptionally heavy rainfall and floods in many countries and extreme drought in others. Twelve major Atlantic storms battered the United Kingdom in early months of 2014 Paris Saint-Germain Youth Jersey , while floods devastated much of the Balkans throughout May. The monthly precipitation over the Pacific side of western Japan for August 2014, meanwhile, was 301 percent above normal -- the highest since area-averaged statistics began in 1946.
At the same time, crippling droughts have struck large swathes of the continental United States while Northeast China and parts of the Yellow River basin did not reach half of the summer average, causing severe drought Manchester United Youth Jersey , UN officials said.
Adopting an alarming tone, the WMO press release noted that 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all occurred in the 21st century. If December continues along its current path, it added, then 2014 will likely be the hottest on record, ahead of 2010 Manchester City Youth Jersey , 2005, and 1998.
"There is no standstill in global warming," Jarraud said. " Record-high greenhouse gas emissions and associated atmospheric concentrations are committing the planet to a much more uncertain and inhospitable future."
In a message from Lima, Peru, where she is presiding over a critical UN climate conference Liverpool Youth Jersey , Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) , said that the changing climate would directly impact billions of people around the world as the risks of extreme weather events inevitably grew.
However, she added, the international community appeared committed to reverse the damaging effects of climate change and set the world on a more sustainable path towards a safer future.
"Fortunately our political climate is changing too with evidence that governments Leicester City Youth Jersey , supported by investors, business and cities are moving towards a meaningful, universal climate agreement in Paris 2015 -- an agreement that keeps a global temperature rise below 2 degrees C by putting in place the pathways to a deep de-carbonisation of the world's economy and climate neutrality or 'net zero' in the second half of the century, " Figueres stated.
According to the conference's agenda, countries will put forward what they propose to contribute to the planned 2015 agreement in the form of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) by the first quarter of 2015 Juventus Youth Jersey , in advance of the December 2015 conference scheduled in Paris, France, where the new universal UN-backed treaty on climate change will be adopted.
Over the course of the next two weeks, delegates will attempt to hammer out the new universal treaty, which would enter force by 2020.
ISLAMABAD， April 27 (Xinhua) -- Afghan Taliban on Wednesday confirmed a visit of its leaders to Pakistan but said they are discussing the issue of Afghan refugees， the release of a senior leader and other prisoners.
The Taliban Qatar office did not say whether the delegation will discuss peace process.
A three-member delegation had arrived in Islamabad from its Qatar-based office on Monday to discuss with Pakistan the possibility of the peace talks， diplomatic and official sources had said.
Afghan officials in Kabul had earlier stated they are aware of the visit but no meeting with the Taliban in Pakistan is planned.
"Since the Afghan people have close relations， long border and commercial transactions with neighboring country Pakistan and a large number of our countrymen are living there as refugees， therefore， the Political Office of the Islamic Emirate has decided to send a high level delegation to Islamabad，" the Taliban Qatar office said. The Taliban use the name of Islamic Emirate they had used during their rule (1996-2001).
"The esteemed leader of Islamic Emirate has instructed the delegation to discuss issues regarding Afghan refugees， some problems about frontier areas and particularly to discuss the release of Mullah Bradar Akhund and some other prisoners with the officials of the government of Pakistan."
Mullah Baradar， the former second-in-command in the Taliban hierarchy， was arrested in Karachi in 2010， and the Taliban say he has not yet been freed. Pakistan had said in 2013 that he had been released along with some 50 senior Taliban leaders in 2013 on the request by then Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
A Taliban statement said the visit to Pakistan "would be in the interest of both countries and would have fruitful results."
Although the Taliban statement did not mention the delegation will discuss the possibility of the group's participation in the peace negotiations， sources say it is one of the topics they are discussing in Pakistan. Some sources say that a meeting between the Taliban and .