The C3S database dates back to 1950. According to their data, the previous temperature record for January was measured in 2020.
According to global records kept since 1850, 2023 was the hottest year on Earth, due to human-induced climate change and the El Niño phenomenon, which warmed the surface water layer in the eastern Pacific Ocean, leading to a rise in global temperature. .
Every month since last June has been hotter in the world than the same period in previous years.
“Not only was this the warmest January on record, we had a 12-month period with temperatures more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial norm,” said Samantha Burgess, deputy director of C3S.
“Rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are the only way to stop the rise in global temperatures,” Burgess stressed.
El Nino has already begun to weaken in January, and according to scientists, it may give way to a cooler La Niña later in the year. Meanwhile, the global ocean surface temperature in January this year also reached a record high compared to the data available so far.
The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement aims to try to prevent global warming from exceeding 1.5°C, thus avoiding the most serious and irreversible consequences of climate change. Meanwhile, although the global temperature exceeded the 1.5°C threshold during a 12-month period, this does not yet mean the failure of the Paris climate target, because the climate target refers to the measured global average temperature. Over the decades.