Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere hit a record high this year. This is according to a United Nations report released this week.

It says global temperatures have also risen by about 1.1 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Scientists say a temperature rise beyond 1.5 or 2 degrees will lead to far worse impacts from climate change across the world, including droughts, stronger storms, and extreme sea-level rise.

Africa Regional Climate Change Coordinator for the United Nations Environment Programme, Dr Richard Munang spoke to SABC News: