July was the hottest month ever recorded on the planet

June laid claim to being the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, but July said “hold my beer” and scorched the planet unlike any other. Now it holds the dubious title.

The United States and Europe both experienced horrible heat waves in July that sent temperatures soaring above 100 degrees. In fact, it was so hot that wildfires tore through Siberia in Russia. Freaking Siberia!

Record temperatures recorded decades ago in France and Germany were dethroned and the bad news is that the worst is yet to come.

Scientists have been stressing for years that if global temperatures rise just 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels that we face uncontrolled climate change, unlike anything we’ve seen thus far. Droughts will be worse, as Zimbabwe is experiencing right now. Hurricanes will be stronger. Flooding will reach an unprecedented scale. Wildfires will rage. And humans everywhere will have to sit next to the air conditioner.

And we can expect all of this to happen quite soon if we don’t do anything to prevent it. After all, we are now at 1.2 degrees Celsius higher than pre-industrial temperatures, just .3 degrees away from one red line, and .8 away from the ultimate red line.

“The latest data show that this year continues to bring record-breaking temperatures,” Copernicus Climate Change News reports. “Every month in 2019 has ranked among the four warmest for the month in question, and June was the warmest June ever recorded. It is now confirmed that July was also an exceptional month.”

“While July is usually the warmest month of the year for the globe, according to our data it also was the warmest month recorded globally, by a very small margin,” Copernicus chief Jean-Noel Thepaut said in a statement, which also doubled as a warning. “With continued greenhouse gas emissions and the resulting impact on global temperatures, records will continue to be broken in the future.”

Needless to say, this is bad news that should make the entire world population shudder.

Even NASA’s Goddard Institute agrees with the assessment

“Despite colder than average temperatures in any one part of the world, temperatures over the planet as a whole continue the rapid warming trend we’ve seen over the last 40 years,” Director Gavin Schmidt said in a statement.

And this is all being caused by human activities such as deforestation and burning fossil fuels.

Now is the time to demand immediate sweeping change across the planet if we are going to turn the tide in our favor to save the planet. If not, we can expect to keep roasting at higher and higher temperatures ever year until the Earth becomes inhabitable.

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