Good morning! Today's Smart Brevity count: 1,240 words, < 5 minutes.

Situational awareness: The World Meteorological Organization warned Tuesday that current policies, if left unchanged, will lead to an increase in the average world temperature of 3°C–5°C by the end of the century, Bloomberg reports.

  • "The past five years are now almost certain to be the five warmest years on record, and the past decade, 2010-2019, to be the warmest decade on record," the UN organization said.

And Tom Waits' birthday arrives Saturday, so he's got today's moving intro tune...