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Earth Sets Sixth Consecutive Monthly Heat Record, Hottest Year

With one month to go, 2023 is on track to become the warmest year on record, with temperatures presently 1.46 degrees Celsius higher than pre-industrial levels.

November 2023 becomes the sixth consecutive month to set a new heat record, with temperatures nearly a third of a degree Celsius higher than the previous hottest November, according to the European Space Agency’s Copernicus Climate Change Service. 

The agency also notes that November was 1.75 degrees Celsius warmer than pre-industrial times, contributing to an exceptionally hot autumn.

Unprecedented Warmth in Recent Months:

Copernicus Deputy Director Samantha Burgess expresses astonishment at the ongoing trend, emphasizing the unprecedented nature of the last six months of record-breaking heat. 

November’s average temperature was 0.85 degrees Celsius higher than the 30-year average, with two days reaching temperatures 2 degrees Celsius warmer than pre-industrial times—a first.

Near Record for Hottest Year:

With one month remaining, 2023 is poised to become the hottest year, currently at 1.46 degrees Celsius warmer than pre-industrial times. 

The year is edging close to the international threshold set by the Paris Agreement, which seeks to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Global Climate Conference in Dubai:

Amidst this alarming trend, diplomats, scientists, and activists convened at the United Nations climate conference in Dubai, seeking strategies to mitigate climate change. 

The current trajectory, fueled by human-induced climate change and a potent El Nino cycle, raises concerns about the increasing frequency of catastrophic events such as floods, fires, heatwaves, and droughts.

Urgent Call for Action:

Scientists warn that urgent action is needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions and lower dependence on fossil fuels. 

The continuous rise in global temperatures underscores the critical need for effective measures to address climate change and its far-reaching consequences.

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