We just lived through the hottest month globally ever recorded, as per a new NOAA report.
The new record adds to the disruptive and difficult path that climate change has set for Earth. July is typically considered the warmest month of the year, but this year was like never before.
Here is what you need to know.
July Was The Hottest Month: a Report
NOAA declared mixed ocean surface, and the land temperature hit 0.93 degrees Celsius (1.67 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 20th-century average of 15.7 degrees Celsius (60.4 degrees Fahrenheit).
That makes July 2021 the hottest month ever recorded since records started 142 years ago.
We survived the hottest month on Earth
The report shows that July 2021 was 0.02 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the last record from July 2016 (it equaled 2019 and 2020).
“The NOAA record has more limited coverage over the Arctic than other global temperature records, which tend to show July 2021 as the second (NASA) or third (Copernicus) warmest on record,” stated Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientists at the Breakthrough Institute.
Worrying IPCC Report
The NOAA report isn’t the only one to worry about. Last week, a UN climate science report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shocked the world by stating we’re now on track to reach up to 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming around the year 2030.
Such measurements are made by scientists across the globe, using the most advanced and up-to-date assessment of the methods in which the climate is worsening.
What will happen to us?
With just 1.1 degrees Celsius of warming, a shocking series of deadly weather havocs driven by climate change has affected the world this summer. From rainstorms making city streets in Germany and China rivers, asphalt-melting heatwaves in Canada, to untamable wildfires threatening hundreds of lives in California and Greece.
Scientists will continue recording the temperature and release more information soon.