January 2024 is one for the record books! According to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), it was the hottest January on record.
The previous hottest January happened in 2020.
The new record was smashed following 2023, Earth’s hottest year in global records. The CS3’s records go back to 1950.
It’s believed that the higher temperature experienced this January is due to human-caused climate change and El Nino, the weather pattern known for rising temperatures by warming the surface waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
C3S Deputy Director Samantha Burgess said the warmer weather is becoming more than just a once-off phenomenon.
“Not only is it the warmest January on record but we have also just experienced 12 months of more than 1.5C above the pre-industrial reference period.
Various scientists have urged governments to act faster by cutting CO2 emissions with the hope of reaching the target agreed on in the 2015 Paris Agreement.
At the 2015 Paris Agreement, the countries present agreed to try and prevent global warming from passing the 1.5 degrees Celsius mark.
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