According to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), 2023 has surpassed temperatures from the previous 100,000 years to become the hottest year ever recorded.
Validating statistics dating back to 1850, C3S Director Carlo Buontempo stated that the global average temperature in 2023 was 1.48°C higher than pre-industrial levels (1850-1900).
The Paris Agreement of 2015 set a target of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. However, in 2023 temperatures exceeded this threshold around 50% of the time, raising serious concerns.
Additionally, 2023 saw record CO2 emissions despite climate targets, the highest CO2 concentration, and the first year daily temperatures rose above 1°C over pre-industrial levels.
The C3S data provides further evidence that human activities are causing rapid and widespread climate change. The record heat calls for urgent action to curb emissions and prevent irreversible damage. Scientists emphasize sticking to the 1.5°C target is critical for climate stability.