2023 Set To Be The Hottest Year

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The United Nations weather agency issued a stark warning on Thursday, declaring that 2023 is set to be the hottest year on record. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) raised concerns about alarming trends that signal a rise in floods, wildfires, glacier melt, and heatwaves shortly.

According to the WMO, the average temperature for 2023 has surged by approximately 1.4 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial times. This is just one-tenth of a degree below the target limit set by the Paris Climate Accord 2015 for the end of the century.

Petteri Taalas, the Secretary-General of WMO, highlighted the role of the El Niño weather phenomenon, marked by Pacific Ocean heating, in potentially pushing the average temperature beyond the 1.5-degree (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) target cap set in Paris. “It’s practically sure that during the coming four years, we will hit this 1.5, at least on [a] temporary basis,” Taalas stated in an interview. “And in the next decade, we will more or less be there permanently.

The release of these findings coincided with the commencement of the UN’s annual climate conference, COP28, held this year in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

2023 Set To Be The Hottest Year

While the benchmark for the Paris accord goal is the sustained increase of 1.5 degrees over 30 years, concerns have been raised about the need for clarity on what constitutes exceeding this limit. Richard Betts of Britain’s Met Office emphasized the importance of agreement to avoid confusion and distraction at a critical time for climate action.

Despite the need for sustained efforts to combat climate change, Taalas acknowledged “some signs of hope,” pointing to the global shift towards renewable energies and the increasing adoption of electric cars. These initiatives contribute to reducing carbon emissions and mitigating heat trapping in the atmosphere.

Taalas conveyed a crucial message to the UN climate conference attendees, emphasizing the imperative need to “reduce our consumption of coal, oil, and natural gas dramatically” to adhere to the Paris limits. While positive changes are underway, he underscored the importance of continued efforts, especially in Western and affluent countries, to reduce fossil fuel consumption significantly.

As 2023 is set to be the hottest year and the global community grapples with the escalating climate crisis, the urgency to act against climate change remains at the forefront of discussions at COP28 in Dubai.

Also Read: US Oil & Gas Production Projected To Surpass Records In 2023, Defying UN Climate Goals

 

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    Sarah Tancredi is an experienced journalist and news reporter specializing in environmental and climate crisis issues. With a deep passion for the planet and a commitment to raising awareness about pressing environmental challenges, Sarah has dedicated her career to informing the public and promoting sustainable solutions. She strives to inspire individuals, communities, and policymakers to take action to safeguard our planet for future generations.

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