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Is 2023 going to be the hottest year on record?

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The past eight years have seen the eight hottest years on record. Image: Unsplash/raimondklavins

Ian Shine
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Figure showing the surface air temperature anomaly for March 2023.
The world’s average air temperatures for March 2023 were above those for 1991-2020. Image: Copernicus Climate Change Service

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Graph showing the global average and sea-temperature anomaly from 1990 to 2021.
The world's eight hottest years on record have all come in the past eight years. Image: Our World in Data
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CO2 emissions have been on the rise for most of this century. Image: Our World in Data

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Figure showing the global ocean temperatures from 1850 to 2023.
Global ocean temperatures are close to all-time highs. Image: US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Information
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Extreme weather events are seen as one of the biggest risks facing the world. Image: World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2023
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