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Unprecedented Climate Phenomena in 2016 | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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A man walks amongst trees damaged by Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

London- Year 2016 witnessed several unprecedented climate phenomena occurrences in some regions. According to weather experts, global warming is only worsening. This year, the world underwent many natural disasters that increased the dangers of climate change that is directly linked to pollution and industrial activity.

The Matthew Hurricane hit Caribbean islands and northeastern parts of the U.S.—the hurricane killed over 800 and destroyed 80 percent of buildings in Jérémie City, Haiti.

Asia was victim to the greatest number of climate-related disasters this year. Floods, for example, hit wide regions in the south and center of China—In July, floods killed at least 300, destroyed thousands of houses and displaced around 1.5 million Chinese people.

Also, Japan and North Korea were victims of Lionrock Storm that caused grave losses and deaths, not to mention the cancellation of hundreds of scheduled flights. Korean media described the storm as the most turbulent since World War 2.

In Sri Lanka, landslides killed at least 200 victims. Landslides are caused by the sudden collapse of soil and rocks as well as climate change.

These incidents stress the importance of taking practical steps on implementing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, enacted by the U.N.

The agreement calls for curbing climate change through replacing energy derived from fossil fuels with green energy by 2100.

Some NASA studies reveal that the first six months of 2016 set a temperature record high since the industrial revolution in the 19th century.