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2023 confirmed as the warmest year ever recorded

2023 confirmed as the warmest year ever recorded

By Anders Lorenzen It was long expected that 2023 was going to be the warmest year ever recorded since records began. Every month since June 2023 has on a global level been the warmest compared with corresponding months in previous years. But the extraordinary findings by the European Union’s (EU) Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), unveiled this week, were more […]

Climate scientist forced to add new colours to iconic climate stripes

Climate scientist forced to add new colours to iconic climate stripes

Photo credit: Ed Hawkins / University of Reading. By Anders Lorenzen  At the back of record-breaking temperatures in 2023, the now iconic climate stripes created by Prof Ed Hawkins, from the University of Reading, will need a new colour added to accurately represent the warming that has occurred, the scientist have said.  The stripes show the change in average annual […]

2023 review: A changing climate

2023 review: A changing climate

By Anders Lorenzen  There can be no doubt that, despite it not being much of a surprise amongst the followers of climate science, 2023 is confirmed to be the warmest year ever recorded.  It is the number one story and, even though it was anticipated, it is still scary news and confirms we are heading into uncharted territory.  The situation […]

Viewpoint: Positive festive reflections

Viewpoint: Positive festive reflections

Parts of the clean energy sector have had a difficult year, but things could improve in 2024. By Anders Lorenzen 2023 is the warmest year ever recorded since records began, the year has throughout the planet set one climate-induced extreme weather event after the other, the latest scientific research on climate change gets bleaker and bleaker, and world leaders only […]

COP28: The world temperature is expected to reach 1.4 degrees C this year

COP28: The world temperature is expected to reach 1.4 degrees C this year

Photo credit: Fernando Astasio / Adobe Stock. By Anders Lorenzen  As the UN climate summit, COP28, kicked off in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday, the United Nations (UN) body the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) delivered another stark warning.   In its provisional State of the Global Climate report, they confirmed, that not only is 2023 on track to be […]

WMO: Greenhouse gases will keep rising

WMO: Greenhouse gases will keep rising

Photo credit: iStock. By Anders Lorenzen On the eve of the COP28 UN climate summit, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a United Nations (UN) body, has warned that the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases (GHG) is forecast to continue the trend that resulted in record-high CO2 measurements last year. The agency said that in 2022 the global average concentrations of […]

Only a fraction of global companies meet UN climate targets

Only a fraction of global companies meet UN climate targets

By Anders Lorenzen Analysis by the Net Zero Tracker has established, that even though half of the world’s 2,000 biggest listed companies have set targets to reach net-zero emissions by the middle of this century, only a fraction have met the targets set out in the United Nations (UN) guidelines. Net Zero Tracker, an independent data consortium including Oxford University, […]

We should not sugarcoat the reality of climate impacts

We should not sugarcoat the reality of climate impacts

Sir David King addresses the audience at the Net Zero Festival. Photo credit: Anders Lorenzen. By Anders Lorenzen  The former Chief Scientist for the UK Government, Sir David King did not hold back the scientific reality of years of climate inaction when he addressed the audience at the Net Zero Festival in London, organised by Business Green, a clean energy […]

Six out of the world´s nine planetary boundaries have been crossed

Six out of the world´s nine planetary boundaries have been crossed

Some scientists worry that the West Antarctica ice sheet could soon enter a phase of being destabilised. Photo credit: TiPACCs / Ronja Reese. By Anders Lorenzen The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), founded in 1992, has identified that six of the world’s planetary boundaries have been crossed. The Institute is led by Prof Johan Rockström who specialises in […]