UN Declares 2023 Hottest Year Ever as Crucial Climate Summit Starts

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The planet has been so hot in 2023 that even before the year ends, the World Meteorological Organization has declared it the warmest ever recorded.

Global temperatures were around 1.4C (2.5F) above the pre-industrial average for the first 10 months of the year, according to the WMO’s Provisional State of the Global Climate Report 2023. That provides enough certainty to declare it the hottest year on record even with a month left to go, in what is a stark warning to climate negotiators gathered in the Middle East.

“Record global heating should send shivers down the spines of world leaders and it should trigger them to act,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in Dubai on Thursday as the COP28 climate summit kicked off. “We are living through climate collapse in real time, and the impact is devastating.”Read More: Biggest Climate Talks Ever Confront Global Chaos and Record Heat