The year 2023 broke the temperature record, but 2024 may exceed it

Geneva, January 12 (Prensa Latina) Specialized international agencies confirmed today that 2023 was the hottest year since records began, but what is worse is that they expect thermometers in 2024 to show higher temperatures.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) agreed this Friday with what the Copernicus Climate Change Service said days before: last year there was an increase in the average global temperature of nearly a maximum of 1.5 Celsius.

Nearly half of the days were more than 1.5°C warmer than the pre-industrial level from 1850 to 1900, two days in November were 2°C warmer for the first time, and July and August were the months with the greatest heatwaves.

The transition from La Niña cooling to El Niño warming (globally impacting oscillations on the surface temperature of the tropical Pacific Ocean) by mid-2023 is clearly reflected in a rise in temperature compared to the previous year. Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, Celeste Saulo.

He noted that since El Niño usually has the greatest impact on global temperatures after its peak, 2024 could be even hotter.

In his opinion, climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity, which is why “we must make radical reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the transition to renewable energy sources.”

In the same vein, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson stressed that “we are facing a climate crisis” ranging from extreme heat to forest fires and rising sea levels.

He added that such a record temperature coincided with a year of extreme weather conditions across the planet, which, in the United States alone, caused 25 disasters, each with damage exceeding one billion dollars.

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