2023 has ended, marking a significant year in our climate history. According to the European Union's Climate Change Service, 2023 was the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set in 2016. The global average temperature reached a staggering 14.98 degrees Celsius, 0.17 degrees higher than in 2016. This rise brings us perilously close to the 1.5-degree Celsius threshold set by the Paris Agreement, a crucial limit meant to reduce the risk of climate disasters for humanity.
Not only did 2023 set annual temperature records, but each month from June to December also broke historical records. July and August were the hottest months ever recorded, with average global temperatures of 16.95 and 16.82 degrees Celsius, respectively.
Daily temperature records were also shattered. Nearly half of the days in 2023 had temperatures exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This frequency of extreme temperatures was significantly higher than in 2016, the previous hottest year. Significantly, 2023 saw temperatures exceed the 2-degree Celsius mark on two occasions, another critical limit of the Paris Agreement.
The concept of "tipping points" refers to significant changes in Earth's systems that can have irreversible impacts on global climate. These changes are often considered as points of no return. In 2023, the “Global Tipping Points Report” was released at the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference. Authored by hundreds of researchers, including Earth System Scientist Timothy M. Lenton, this comprehensive assessment reiterates the accelerating pace of climate disasters.
Lenton's research, published in Science magazine in 2022, estimated tipping points for several critical elements, including the Greenland Ice Sheet and coral reef death in low latitudes. His findings indicate that even if global temperatures are controlled within the 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius range stipulated by the Paris Agreement, multiple climate tipping points could still be triggered.
2023 also brought into focus the accelerated impact of climate change. For instance, Greenland's peripheral glaciers have been melting at twice the rate of the 20th century. The melting of the Amundsen Sea ice shelf in Antarctica is accelerating, and the 21st century has seen ocean temperatures rise nearly three times faster than historical rates.
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