All world heat records broken in 2023 ‘Earth is issuing a distress call’

All world heat records broken in 2023, fears for 2024

Every major heat record was broken in 2023, and 2024 could be worse, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday. 

The United Nations (UN) weather agency said in its State of the Global Climate 2023 report that average temperatures hit the highest level in 174 years of record-keeping, reaching almost 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Ocean temperatures also reached the warmest in 65 years of data.

“The year 2023 set new records for every single climate indicator. This annual report shows that the climate crisis is the defining challenge that humanity faces,” WMO Secretary-General Celeste Saulo said. “Earth is issuing a distress call. The latest state of the global climate report shows a planet on the brink.”

Record heat temperatures

“Fossil fuel pollution is sending climate chaos off the charts. Last year saw record heat, record sea levels and record ocean surface temperatures. Glaciers likely lost more ice than ever before,” she told reporters in Geneva. 

“These (glaciers) are the water towers of the world. They are our fresh water reservoirs. Sea ice depletion in Antarctica was one of the major climate facts recorded in 2023.”

“The scientific knowledge about climate change has existed for more than five decades, and yet we missed an entire generation of opportunity. It is imperative that our actions today are based on the welfare of future generations rather than short-term economic interests,” she said.

“The cost of climate action may seem high, but the cost of climate inaction is much higher,” Saulo explained, adding that “there is a high probability that 2024 will again break the record of 2023.”

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