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The clock is ticking down to the dawn of a new millennium as global temperatures rise and millions of people will begin to migrate, including those living in parts of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the United Nations said on Thursday.
The global temperature increase is projected to be as much as 6.3 degrees Celsius by 2100, the World Meteorological Organization said in a report that forecasts a 1.2-degree rise over the next 15 years.
The UN agency said the temperature increase will lead to extreme weather and drought in some parts of the world, as well as rising sea levels, melting permafrost and droughts in some of the driest parts of South America, Africa, Europe and Asia.
The report was released at the start of the New Millennium in an effort to warn about the risks of the new century.
Its release comes amid warnings of rising sea level, melting snow and flooding from wildfires across the world.
The world is already feeling the impacts of climate change and rising temperatures.
In the last 100 years, the world has warmed by 1.4 degrees Celsius.
By 2100, temperatures will rise by 1 degree Celsius and the world will be in a warmer climate, the report said.
The rising temperatures are expected to have a major impact on human societies, as it could result in food shortages and mass migration to the cities, it said.
In a statement, the UN said that the UN’s climate action plan for the 2030s, which will be released on Thursday, is an important step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions.