July was Earth’s hottest month on record, NOAA says

14th August, 2021.      //   Climate Change  // 

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Last month, the world set a huge record, albeit it has little cause to gloat about it.

According to statistics released Friday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, July was the warmest month ever recorded, a “unenviable distinction” that might heighten concerns about climate change.

“In this case, first place is the worst place to be,” in a statement, NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad stated. “July is typically the world’s warmest month of the year, but July 2021 outdid itself as the hottest July and month ever recorded.”

He added that the record “adds to the disturbing and disruptive path that climate change has set for the globe.”

According to NOAA, the global combined land-and-ocean-surface temperature was 1.67 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century average of 60.4 degrees, making July the warmest month since records began 142 years ago.

Last month’s total temperature was 0.02 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the previous record set in July 2016, which was tied in 2019 and 2020, according to NOAA.

The land-surface temperature in the Northern Hemisphere was the highest ever for July – 2.77 degrees Fahrenheit above average, shattering the previous record established in 2012.

According to NOAA, Asia had the warmest July on record, while Europe had the second hottest.

Floods, heat waves, drought, storms, and wildfires were among the devastating impacts of climate change shown in NOAA’s press release. The news comes as California battles the Dixie Fire, the state’s second-largest fire in history.

The announcement also comes four days after the United Nations released an ominous assessment on climate change’s impending threat.

According to the research, the consequences of climate change are altering the globe in ways that are “unprecedented” in thousands of years – in some cases, hundreds of thousands of years.

The results have been dubbed a “code red for humanity” by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who says the “alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable.”