This September was the hottest one ever and 2023 is firmly set to be the warmest year on record, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Thursday, citing data from the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). WMO said this continues an extended streak of extraordinary land and sea-surface temperatures and is an ominous signal about the speed with which greenhouse gases are changing the climate. “The temperature anomalies are enormous – far bigger than anything we have ever seen in the past. Antarctic winter sea ice extent was the lowest on record for the time of year,” said Petteri Taalas, the agency’s Secretary-General. WMO uses the C3S data for its State of the Global Climate monitoring reports. The UN agency will release the 2023 provisional report at the start of COP28. Countries will meet to speed up progress towards the shift to clean energy in efforts to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change.
By UN News. October 5, 2023.
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