2023 will be the hottest year on record for mankind.

Scientists are predicting that 2023 will be the hottest year on record, with temperatures 1.43 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average. The forecast was released ahead of this month’s landmark COP28 climate summit.

Samantha Burgess, deputy director of Copernicus’ Climate Change Service, said, “We can almost certainly say that 2023 will be the hottest year on record.”

Copernicus scientists found that last month was the hottest January on record globally, with temperatures 0.72 degrees Celsius above the average for January in the late 1800s.

2023 will be the hottest year on record for mankind.

Human emissions of “heat-trap” gases into the atmosphere have caused the Earth’s temperature to rise by 1.2 degrees Celsius since the Industrial Revolution. The scientists found that the global temperature anomaly for July 2023 was the second highest of all the months in their dataset, after the previous month.

“We saw that this record hot year meant record human suffering,” said Frederick Otto, a climate scientist at Imperial College London.

“It was a year of extreme heatwaves and droughts made worse by extreme temperatures, resulting in thousands of deaths, people losing their livelihoods, being displaced, and so on. These are important records.”

Eight years ago, at a summit in Paris, world leaders pledged to limit the planet’s warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. But current policies would warm the planet by about 2.4 degrees Celsius.

Akshay Deoras, a research scientist in meteorology at the University of Reading, said, “The July 2023 hourly rate is another unfortunate example of how temperature records can be broken in a big way.”

“Global warming due to increased greenhouse gas emissions and El Niño in the tropical Pacific is hitting the planet hard.”

Copernicus said the El Niño continues to develop, but so far the temperature anomalies are lower than the strong El Niños that preceded 1997 and 2015.

“The scary thing is that global temperatures since February 2023 are much higher than in the second half of 2016, when El Niño was much stronger.” Diolas said.” Our planet continues to experience unfortunate milestones in meteorological history, and it’s not surprising to see new records in the coming months.”

Copernicus found that the global average temperature between October 2023 and 2016 was the highest on record. It was 0.72 degrees Celsius higher than the average temperature for January to December 2022 – the current holder of the record for the hottest year.

Richard Allen, a climate scientist at the University of Reading, said, “Only by rapidly and massively reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors can we avoid these recurring record-breaking heat headlines and, more importantly, limit the increasingly wet, hot and dry extreme events that accompany a rapidly warming world.”

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