2023 Is Hottest Year Since Records Began

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The World Meteorological Organization had already presented similar assessments, and now the EU confirms a concerning record. According to the EU Copernicus Climate Change Service, 2023 will go down in history as the hottest year since the beginning of record-keeping.

“The extraordinary global November temperatures, including two days warmer than 2ºC above preindustrial, mean that 2023 is the warmest year in recorded history” stated Samantha Burgess, Deputy Head of Copernicus, on Wednesday.

In response, a Copernicus spokesperson explained that December temperatures globally would have to be extremely cold for 2023 not to be the warmest year. Such low temperatures are unlikely, given the ongoing warming effect of the natural climate phenomenon El Niño. “Therefore, we can now say with great certainty that 2023 will be the warmest year on record,” said the spokesperson.

This year has already seen a series of heat records. According to Copernicus, the months from June to November were each globally the hottest on record.

Last week, the United Nations reached the same conclusion as Copernicus: the preliminary climate status report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) indicated that 2023 is highly likely to be the hottest year on record.

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The global average temperature was already about 1.4 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by the end of October, according to the article. The difference from previous record years, 2016 and 2020, is already so significant that the months of November and December are not expected to alter the global heat record.

In order to avert the catastrophic consequences of climate change, the international community agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial era. However, a recent forecast by the United Nations indicates that, given the ongoing increase in greenhouse gas emissions, the Earth is heading towards a perilous warming of 2.5 to 2.9 degrees Celsius by the year 2100.

Climate experts are hopeful that the more than 190 nations in Dubai will adopt measures for a swift transition of the economy towards climate-neutral growth. In a video message, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged them to take drastic steps to adhere to the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. He stated, “There is still hope.”