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State of the Climate in Europe 2022 Report

 

Source: WMO

 

Context:  The State of the Climate in Europe 2022 report, produced by the World Meteorological Organization and the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, reveals that Europe has been warming twice as fast as the global average since the 1980s.

  • In 2022, Europe’s average temperature was approximately 2.3 °C above the pre-industrial baseline.
  • Rates of surface ocean warming, particularly in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the Baltic and Black Seas, and the southern Arctic were more than three times the global average.

 

Other findings:

  • Wind and solar power generated over 22% of European Union (EU) electricity in 2022, overtaking fossil gas (20%).
  • The record-breaking heat stress that Europeans experienced in 2022 was one of the main drivers of weather-related excess deaths in Europe