Skip to content

Hotter than ever, world holds U.N. climate talks under cloud of doubt

'Minutes to midnight': World hits 1.4° of warming as Dubai summit opens with new fund and report disputing a leader's credibility.

2023 is on track to be the warmest year on record. White Sands National Park in southern New Mexico is seeing some of its hottest days ever. (AN/R. Powers)

For anyone who's missed the drumbeat of alarming headlines, global warming can sound comforting, even benign – as in, better beach weather.

It's a difference of a few degrees.

“Who can tell the difference between a 77° and an 81° (Fahrenheit) day?” asked best-selling American author and commentator Jeff Goodell, whose new book, The Heat Will Kill You First, explores the extreme ways in which human-induced climate change already is dramatically altering our planet.

This article is for paying subscribers only

Join now

Already have an account? Log in