January was the hottest month on record worldwide

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by Kate Abnett

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The world has just experienced the hottest January on record for this period, the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said on Thursday, as 2023 was the hottest ever recorded on the planet.

Last month was the warmest January on record for this period since January 2020, according to C3S data, which dates back to 1950.

The C3S confirmed last month that 2023 was the warmest year on record since 1850, and after checking paleoclimate data based on sources such as tree rings and air bubbles in glaciers, its director added that it was “very likely” the hottest year in 100,000 years.

Since last June, every month has been the warmest on record worldwide, compared to the same period in previous years.

“Rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions is the only way to stop the rise in global temperatures,” said Samantha Burgess, deputy director of C3S.

(Reporting by Kate Abnett; French version by Camille Raynaud)


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