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Climate change: Last 8 years termed warmest in history

Published on Jan 12, 2023 05:56 PM IST

The last eight years were the warmest on record globally, new research by the European Union's climate monitoring service shows. Average temperatures across 2022 - which saw a cascade of unprecedented natural disasters made more likely and deadly by climate change - make it the fifth warmest year since records began in the 19th century, the Copernicus Climate Change Service said. The atmospheric concentrations of the two main greenhouse gases that drive global warming - carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) - also continued a decades-long climb to record levels.

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Firefighters during rescue operations at the Fairview wildfire near Hemet, California, on September 8, 2022. The last eight years were the warmest on record even with the cooling influence of a La Nina weather pattern since 2020, the European Union's climate monitoring service reported on January 10, 2023.(Patrick T. Fallon / AFP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Firefighters during rescue operations at the Fairview wildfire near Hemet, California, on September 8, 2022. The last eight years were the warmest on record even with the cooling influence of a La Nina weather pattern since 2020, the European Union's climate monitoring service reported on January 10, 2023.(Patrick T. Fallon / AFP)

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A man sits in the sun at Carcavelos beach, outside Lisbon, Portugal, on July 8, 2022. According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service, European temperatures have increased by more than twice the global average over the past 30 years, with the region showing the highest rate of increase of any continent on the globe, AFP reported. (Armando Franca / AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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A man sits in the sun at Carcavelos beach, outside Lisbon, Portugal, on July 8, 2022. According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service, European temperatures have increased by more than twice the global average over the past 30 years, with the region showing the highest rate of increase of any continent on the globe, AFP reported. (Armando Franca / AP)

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A Palestinian woman fans her daughter with a tray amid a heatwave and lengthy power cuts in Gaza City, on August 1, 2022. "2022 was yet another year of climate extremes across Europe and globally," deputy head of the Copernicus climate change service Samantha Burges said, AFP reported. (Mohammed Salem / Reuters) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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A Palestinian woman fans her daughter with a tray amid a heatwave and lengthy power cuts in Gaza City, on August 1, 2022. "2022 was yet another year of climate extremes across Europe and globally," deputy head of the Copernicus climate change service Samantha Burges said, AFP reported. (Mohammed Salem / Reuters)

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This file photo taken on August 19, 2022 shows a herd of cows on a dried meadow following the heatwave in Vensat, southern France. According to AFP, the nation experienced its "hottest year" ever measured since records began in 1900, the national weather service of France announced on November 30, 2022. (Thierry Zoccolan / AFP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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This file photo taken on August 19, 2022 shows a herd of cows on a dried meadow following the heatwave in Vensat, southern France. According to AFP, the nation experienced its "hottest year" ever measured since records began in 1900, the national weather service of France announced on November 30, 2022. (Thierry Zoccolan / AFP)

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Locals displaced due to drought are seen settling at a camp on the outskirts of Dollow, Somalia, on September 19, 2022. Large swathes of northern Africa, the Middle East, China, and central Asia saw unprecedented warmth averaged across the whole of 2022, Copernicus said. (Jerome Delay / AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Locals displaced due to drought are seen settling at a camp on the outskirts of Dollow, Somalia, on September 19, 2022. Large swathes of northern Africa, the Middle East, China, and central Asia saw unprecedented warmth averaged across the whole of 2022, Copernicus said. (Jerome Delay / AP)

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Above-average temperatures led to a melted tarmac at Mandi House, New Delhi, on May 14, 2022. Northern India and Pakistan were scorched by a two-month spring heatwave with sustained temperatures well above 40 degrees Celsius, AFP said. (Arvind Yadav / HT) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Above-average temperatures led to a melted tarmac at Mandi House, New Delhi, on May 14, 2022. Northern India and Pakistan were scorched by a two-month spring heatwave with sustained temperatures well above 40 degrees Celsius, AFP said. (Arvind Yadav / HT)

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A police officer is seen giving water to a British guard outside Buckingham Palace during a heat wave in London, on July 18, 2022. France, Britain, Spain, and Italy set new average temperature records for 2022, with Europe as a whole enduring its second hottest year ever, Copernicus said (Matt Dunham / AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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A police officer is seen giving water to a British guard outside Buckingham Palace during a heat wave in London, on July 18, 2022. France, Britain, Spain, and Italy set new average temperature records for 2022, with Europe as a whole enduring its second hottest year ever, Copernicus said (Matt Dunham / AP)

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In this file photo from September 2, 2022, members of the Glacier Monitoring in Switzerland (GLAMOS) are seen holding a 6.5-meter-long metal bar that was completely covered by ice in September 2021. They found it lying on the ground in 2022 after the record melting of ice due to the summer heatwave on the Gries Glacier, in Gries, Switzerland.(Denis Balibouse / Reuters) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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In this file photo from September 2, 2022, members of the Glacier Monitoring in Switzerland (GLAMOS) are seen holding a 6.5-meter-long metal bar that was completely covered by ice in September 2021. They found it lying on the ground in 2022 after the record melting of ice due to the summer heatwave on the Gries Glacier, in Gries, Switzerland.(Denis Balibouse / Reuters)

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A goose walks on a dried bed of Lake Velence in Velence, Hungary, on August 11, 2022. According to Copernicus, a world barely 1.2C above pre-industrial levels has already been buffeted by record heatwaves, droughts and temperatures, and is headed for a disastrous 2.8C above that benchmark.(Anna Szilagyi / AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 12, 2023 05:56 PM IST

A goose walks on a dried bed of Lake Velence in Velence, Hungary, on August 11, 2022. According to Copernicus, a world barely 1.2C above pre-industrial levels has already been buffeted by record heatwaves, droughts and temperatures, and is headed for a disastrous 2.8C above that benchmark.(Anna Szilagyi / AP)

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