- Drought, floods and heatwaves affect large parts of the world and the costs are rising
- Global mean temperatures for the past 8 years have been the highest on record
- Sea level and ocean heat are at record levels – and this trend will continue for many centuries
- Antarctic sea ice falls to lowest extent on record
- Europe shatters records for glacier melt
From mountain peaks to ocean depths, climate change continued its advance in 2022. Droughts, floods and heatwaves affected communities on every continent and cost many billions of dollars. Antarctic sea ice fell to its lowest extent on record and the melting of some European glaciers was, literally, off the charts.
The State of the Global Climate 2022 shows the planetary scale changes on land, in the ocean and in the atmosphere caused by record levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. For global temperature, 2015-2022 were the eight warmest on record despite the cooling impact of a La Niña event for the past three years. Melting of glaciers and sea level rise - which again reached record levels in 2022 - will continue for up to thousands of years.