Nov 08, 2023
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WN: There is nothing more to say than: Lord, have mercy.
This year featured a historically hot summer and a September that Buontempo previously described as “just mind-blowing,” given that it was at the time “the most anomalous warm month of any year” in the service’s data going back to 1940.
The service also found that January to October had the highest global mean temperature for that period, 0.10°C higher than the 10-month average for 2016, currently the hottest year on record.
Given that finding, Burgess explained, “we can say with near certainty that 2023 will be the warmest year on record, and is currently 1.43°C above the preindustrial average.”
While C3S can only directly account for just over eight decades, when data from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is considered, “then we can say that this is the warmest year for the last 125,000 years,” she toldReuters.
“September really, really surprised us,” Burgess continued. “So after last month, it’s hard to determine whether we’re in a new climate state. But now records keep tumbling and they’re surprising me less than they did a month ago.”
Responding to the C3S report, Imperial College London climatologist Friederike Otto stressed that “I think the most important thing to highlight here is that this is not just another record or another big number that is statistically interesting. The fact that we’re seeing this record hot year means record human suffering.”
“Within this year, extreme heatwaves and droughts made much worse by these extreme temperatures have caused thousands of deaths, people losing their livelihoods, being displaced, etc. These are the records that matter,” Otto added. “That is why the Paris agreement is a human rights treaty, and not keeping to the goals in it is violating human rights on a vast scale.”
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