With a few days left to go until next year, it can be said that 2023 has officially shattered climate records.
A World Meteorological Organization provisional State of the Global Climate report confirmed that 2023 is set to be the warmest year on record. The WMO report was released at the end of November, but with only days left in a relatively warm December, the record is virtually assured.
WMO Data until the end of October showed that the year was about 1.4 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial 1850-1900 baseline. The difference between 2023 and 2016 and 2020, which were previously considered the warmest years, is such that the final two months are very unlikely to affect 2023’s ranking.
“It’s looking virtually certain at this point that 2023 will be the hottest year on record,” Zeke