The climate crisis is a growing concern that many people and governments are not paying enough attention to. In January 2024, it was reported that it was the warmest globally on record. This is not surprising, as 2023 was the hottest year on Earth since temperatures have been measured and recorded. Despite these alarming statistics, the media and political attention given to this issue is not enough.
According to the latest monthly climate bulletin from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), the average surface air temperature in January 2024 was 13.14 °C, which is 0.70 °C above the 1991-2020 average and 0.12 °C more than the previous record from 2020. This marks the eighth consecutive month of record-breaking temperatures. Last month was 1.66°C warmer than an estimate of the January average for 1850-1900, the designated pre-industrial reference period, according to C3S.
The global average temperature of the last twelve months (February 2023 – January 2024) is the highest on record, 0.64 °C above the 1991-2020 average and 1.52 °C above the 1850-1900 pre-industrial average. Samantha Burgess, the deputy director of the C3S Service, warned that the only way to stop the rise in global temperatures is to quickly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
European temperatures varied in January 2024 from very below the 1991-2020 average in the Nordic countries to well above the average in the south of the continent. Outside Europe, temperatures were well above average in eastern Canada, northwest Africa, the Middle East and central Asia, and below average in western Canada, the central United States and most of the eastern Siberia.
The climate crisis is a serious issue that requires immediate attention and action. It is crucial for governments and citizens to take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work towards a more sustainable future. The alarming statistics from January 2024 should serve as a wake-up call for everyone to take this issue seriously and work towards finding solutions to combat climate change.
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