The Earth’s average temperature in 2023 is projected to set a new record, making it the hottest year ever recorded. According to experts, the global average temperature is expected to exceed 1.4 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. This is reflective of a concerning trend, as every month since June has set new warmth records. Notably, November registered a temperature around 1.75 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures.
These alarming predictions align with the central discussions at the United Nations’ COP28 summit, which has a significant focus on the reduction of fossil fuel usage. The exceptional warmth of 2023 is attributed to a combination of the El Niño phenomenon and human-induced climate change. This lethal combination has led to record-breaking temperatures and has resulted in devastating heatwaves across the globe.
Supporting these predictions is a comprehensive study by the World Meteorological Organization. The study discovered that the decade spanning from 2011 to 2020 was the hottest for both the planet’s land and oceans due to the unrelenting impacts of climate change.
Further affirming this, the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service declared 2023 as the warmest year ever recorded. The world experienced its warmest-ever November in 2023, reinforcing the dire need for swift and decisive action against climate change.
The global average temperatures from January to November 2023 were 1.46 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average, setting yet another disconcerting record.
Currently, the COP28 summit taking place in Dubai is emphasizing the urgent necessity for emission reductions. Delegates at the conference are engaged in intense debates over whether to “phase out” or “phase down” the use of fossil fuels. Regardless of the outcome, it is clear that action needs to be taken immediately to mitigate the damaging effects of climate change and prevent further escalation of global temperatures.
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