United Nations – “Earth has just had its hottest three months on record,” the UN weather agency said on Wednesday.
“The dog days of summer don’t just bark, they bite,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned in a statement to coincide with the publication of the latest data from the EU Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) of the World Meteorological Organization.
“Our planet has just endured a season of smoldering – the hottest summer on record.has begun,” Guterres said.
WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas issued a acute assessment of the data and said: “The Northern Hemisphere has just had a summer of extremes – with repeated heat waves fueling devastating wildfires, harming health, disrupting daily life and causing a lasting strain on the environment.”
Taalas said that in the southern hemisphere, meanwhile, seasonally“was literally off the charts and the global sea surface temperature was once again at a new record.”
The WMO report, which includes Copernicus data as well as information from five other monitoring organizations around the world, showed it was the warmest August on record, “by a wide margin”, according to the UN agency, both on land and in the global monthly. average for sea surface temperatures.
The WMO quoted the UK government’s Met Office weather agency, which has warned that there is “a 98% probability that at least one of the next five years will be the warmest on record.”
Copernicus data already setsOverall. Right now, it’s only the tail end of 2016 in the temperature record books, but 2023 is far from over yet.
An El Niño weather pattern that emerged this year is likely to push average temperatures higher in the coming year, Laura Patterson, the WMO’s representative to the United Nations, told CBS News.
“So really this is just the beginning. I would expect that we will continue to see these warmer than average conditions continue throughout this year and I would say that next summer will be particularly warm again.”
To slow the larger warming trend, she explained, humans need to reduce carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels.
“The long-term trajectory is that as long as we continue to emit pollution into our atmosphere, these greenhouse gases, you know, temperatures will continue to rise. And so that’s the long-term plan that countries have to adopt is to transition energy systems away from fossil fuels and towards more renewable energy.”
Carlo Buontempo, director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, noted that August 2023 “was estimated to be about 1.5 °C warmer than pre-industrial levels.”
“We can still avoid the worst climate chaos,” the UN’s Guterres said, adding: “We don’t have a moment to lose.”