Earth's temperature breaches by 2.06°C for the first time

The globe witnessed an disturbing milestone in climate change on November 17, 2023, when global temperatures reached the key 2 degrees Celsius warming point.


Temperatures rose 2.06°C over pre-industrial levels, according to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). According to specialists like Jeff Berardelli, chief meteorologist, this disturbing surge is caused by a mix of the climate phenomenon El Nino and long-term human-induced climate changes.

Temperatures were 1.17°C above the 1991-2020 average on November 17, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service at ECMWF. Concerns are mounting as El Nino intensifies, with a 90% chance of a strong El Nino this winter. The 2023 State of Climate Report emphasises the gravity of the situation, listing multiple records such as extraordinary global temperatures, the warmest summer months on record, and disturbing effects such as Amazon droughts.

Glen Peters of the Climate Mitigation group says that 2024 may break the existing record. Simultaneously, a Lancet Countdown analysis finds that heat exposure costs the global economy 490 billion potential labour hours by 2022. India, in particular, had a 54% increase in heat-related labour hour losses, amounting to 6.3% of its GDP, with agricultural workers suffering the brunt of the impact. This highlights the critical importance of global action to prevent climate change and safeguard vulnerable communities from its far-reaching impacts.