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Summer 2023 was the Northern Hemisphere’s hottest in 2,000 years, study finds

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🗞️ Driving the news: A new study published in Nature reveals that the summer of 2023 was the hottest in the Northern Hemisphere in the last 2,000 years
• This conclusion was reached by analyzing tree ring data, which provides insights into temperature trends before modern instruments were available

🔭 The context: The study utilized data from around 10,000 trees across the Northern Hemisphere to compare last year's temperatures with those extending back to A.D. 1
• Researchers include significant climate factors such as greenhouse gas emissions, natural phenomena like El Niño, and reductions in certain types of air pollution in their analysis

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Understanding long-term climate trends is crucial for addressing the impacts of global warming
• This study highlights the severe nature of recent temperature increases, attributed largely to human activities, and underscores the urgency in implementing sustainable environmental practices

⏭️ What's next: This research adds to the growing body of evidence supporting significant human impact on global temperatures
• It may influence future policies and global climate agreements aimed at mitigating further temperature rises

💬 One quote: "That gives us the full picture of natural climate variability," said Jan Esper, lead author and climatologist

📈 One stat: Summer 2023 was 2.20 degrees Celsius warmer than the average summer temperature from A.D. 1 to 1890

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