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The World Meteorological Organisation report warns the impacts of Climate Change are accelerating and emissions are rising to dangerous levels.

Climate Change experts are calling for decisive action on the issue following a ‘staggering’ new report from The World Meteorological Organisation.

It reveals greenhouse gas emissions have risen to unprecedented levels, and the consequences of climate change are directly impacting a growing number of people.

The World Meteorological Organisation’s ‘State of the Global Climate’ report has been released for the past 25 years.

This year’s report shows sea levels are still on the rise, with oceans becoming warmer and increasingly acidic, threatening to destabilise whole ecosystems.

The Arctic sea-ice levels were well below average and the world’s glaciers are slowly disappearing.

Last year was the fourth warmest year on record and greenhouse gas levels are also at record highs, according to the report.

And there are no signs the warming trend, which began at the start of the 21st century, will ease.

Dr Liz Hanna is the chair of environmental health at the World Federation of Public Health Associations and said the new figures make for sobering reading.

“I was staggered but not surprised [at the report] because we have been predicting that this is the pathway we are on,” she said.

“We have known that year on year we are getting all these world records. So to have it confirmed by the World Meteorological Association, that just really hones down that our greatest fears to realisation.”

The new report says the spread of the Arctic ice sheet is near all time lows. (AAP)

The report collated statistics on the impact of extreme weather on communities around the world.

Extreme weather events impacted nearly 62 million people in 2018, with more than 2 million people left displaced by natural disasters as of September last year.

In the United States alone there were fourteen major natural disasters in 2018, triggering $49 billion in damages and the loss of over 100 lives.

While 1600 deaths were associated with heatwaves and wildfires in Europe, Japan and the US.

Chief conservation officer at the World Wildlife Fund Australia Rachel Lowry said those statistics reveal “worrying trends”.

“There are groups now that are able to quantify the number of lives that are being lost due to a warming climate, due to ongoing drought for example,” she said.

“[It really helps us] quantify what is really at stake here if we don’t take action within this twelve-year window.

“These rising climate tragedies spell disaster for human lives, human livelihoods, and our collective health and happiness crumble.

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