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December:  Looking back on 2023

The year that was, 2023: Earth’s hottest 12-month streak since records began in the 1800’s. 🥵

"Key Concepts:
• Earth just recorded its hottest 12-month streak (November 2022-October 2023).
• Analysis using Climate Central’s Climate Shift Index shows how human-caused climate change influenced heat over the last 12 months in 175 countries and 920 cities.
• Over that time, 90% of people worldwide (and 49% in the U.S.) experienced at least 10 days of temperatures very strongly influenced by climate change.
• One-in-four people on Earth faced extreme, persistent, and dangerous heat waves driven by carbon pollution.
• Out of 700 largest cities, Houston, Texas experienced the longest streak of extreme heat made more likely by carbon pollution: 22 days.”

Climate Change & Gobal Heating have taken hold "This year, Earth had its hottest Northern Hemisphere summer and hottest month (July) ever recorded.
The rising frequency and intensity of extreme heat across the U.S. and around the globe is consistent with well-established science on the consequences of carbon pollution — mainly from burning [Fossil Fuels] coal, oil, and natural gas.
Ahead of global climate negotiations [earlier this month], Climate Central analyzed the fingerprints of climate change on air temperatures and extreme heat waves over the past 12 months (November 1, 2022 to October 31, 2023).
Five important natural thresholds already risk being crossed, according to the Global Tipping Points report, and three more may be reached in the 2030s if the world heats 1.5°C (2.7°F) above pre-industrial temperatures. 🌡️
Triggering these planetary shifts will not cause temperatures to spiral out of control in the coming centuries but will unleash dangerous and sweeping damage to people and nature that cannot be undone.

“Tipping points in the Earth system pose threats of a magnitude never faced by humanity,” said Tim Lenton, from the University of Exeter’s Global Systems Institute. “They can trigger devastating domino effects, including the loss of whole ecosystems and capacity to grow staple crops, with societal impacts including mass displacement, political instability and financial collapse.”

COP28 resulted in what some refer to as a 'Win' (either for the Planet or for the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), depending on how you look at it).
The major sticking point (one word) resulted in the final COP28 text calling on the parties (countries) to be: “TRANSITIONING away from fossil fuels in energy systems, in a just, orderly and equitable manner, accelerating action in this critical decade, so as to achieve net zero by 2050 in keeping with the science” instead of "PHASE OUT" Fossil Fuels. 🙄🛢️

















































































































































































First posted to LinkedIn:


Geography, digital geography has a role to play in the various outcomes of Climate Change, watch this space as new technologies and methodologies evolve in our ever-changing world. 🌏

- Matt Couldrey [geoid - digital geography]

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