The European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service has confirmed that last month was the warmest October ever recorded, and the year overall is “highly certain” to exceed the record as well.
The average surface air temperature for the past month was 15.3 degrees Celsius, which is 0.85 degrees higher than the average for the past three decades and 0.4 degrees higher than the record set so far in 2019. According to Copernicus, this September was the only month to shatter previous high-temperature records by such a large margin. The earliest data Copernicus has is from 1940.
After four months of world temperature records being broken, October 2023 saw extreme temperature anomalies. If 2023 is actually the warmest year recorded, it would beat away the current record-holder, 2016. Going into COP28, there has never been a greater sense of urgency for significant climate action.
At the end of the month, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates will host COP28, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Dr. Burgess claims that the need for bold climate action at COP28 is greater than it has ever been.
Scientists from the European Union announced on Wednesday that this year is “almost certain” to be the warmest in 125,000 years.
El Nino, a weather pattern characterized by unusually warm ocean surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean, has emerged and is contributing to the warming trend. When compared to the same month in the pre-industrial era, which Copernicus places between 1850 and 1900, the average global surface air temperature in October was 1.7 degrees Celsius higher.
Floods that killed thousands in Libya, catastrophic heatwaves in South America, and Canada’s worst-ever wildfire season are said to have all been made worse by climate change.
Some have even blamed earthquakes on climate change.