Confirmed: 2023 set to be the warmest year on record

The WMO provisional State of the Global Climate report confirms that 2023 is set to be the warmest year on record, regardless of the final two months of... READ MORE

Colossal Antarctic iceberg, five times larger than New York City, breaks free and drifts away from region

On November 24th, scientists from the Bristish Antarctic Survey (BAS) were astonished to observe an iceberg measuring around 4,000 square kilometers (more than twice the size of Greater London) drifting away from the... READ MORE

World surpasses critical warming threshold for the first time

On November 17th, global temperatures reached 2.07°C above pre-industrial levels for the first time on record.... READ MORE

Unexpected disintegration of ice shelves in North Greenland

Alarm bells ringing as rapid disintegration and weakening of ice shelves in North Greenland is observed!... READ MORE

Three Icebergs break off West Antarctica’s most Endangered Glacier

Images recently posted in the Arctic Sea Ice Forum reveal three significant breakups, or calving events, in mid-October on Pine Island Glacier’s floating ice shelf in West... READ MORE

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CO2 Budget Depletion

22 Jun 2023

North Sea’s Alarming Temperature Rise Sparks Storm Warnings

After we issued a warning about sea surface temperatures in the Northern Atlantic Ocean last week, temperatures in parts of the North Sea are now over 6°C warmer than usual as well. NOAA’s Marine Heatwave Watch has called a Category 4 (extreme) marine heatwave in relation to this situation. Mika Rantanen, researcher at the Finnish Meteorological institute calls this heatwave “currently the strongest on Earth” (CNN, 2023).  

In April and May, global sea surface temperatures reached previously unseen records with June also being underway to reach record heat levels (The Guardian, 2023). According to the Met Office, the current El Niño weather phenomenon is likely to keep these unheard-of temperatures.  

With 70% of our planet being covered in oceans, these temperatures affect sea ice melt on both poles and are also linked to extreme weather such as storms. This week, several severe storm warnings were issued in much of Western Europe with heavy rainfall, large hail and strong winds.  

Want to know more? View the latest data on global risks here.  

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ARCTIC RISK INDICATORS

The following gauges show up-to-date data regarding key indicators in the Arctic. These indicators clearly point to the crisis at hand.

Greenland rate of ice loss
13 million l/s
on average
13 million tonnes/s
on average
Arctic Sea Ice Extent
1,411,250 km²
below 1981-2010 average on 01-Dec-2023
544,883 mi²
below 1981-2010 average on 01-Dec-2023
Arctic Amplification
4 times
faster than global average
Arctic 66N+ Wildfire emissions
25,092.70 megatonnes CO₂e
CO₂e emissions in 2023 so far
Arctic Air Quality (PM2.5)
1.24 microgram per cubic meter
on 02-Dec-2023
Global mean Sea Level
3.4mm/year
since 1993