AP New's Seth Borenstein is reporting that July is the hottest month on record according to
July 2023 is on track to become the hottest month globally on record, and likely the warmest that human civilization has ever experienced, according to scientists from the World Meteorological Organization and the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service. Earth's temperature has temporarily surpassed the internationally accepted goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). The month has seen 16 days with temperatures 1.5 degrees warmer than pre-industrial times, breaking records.
Heat waves have affected North America, Europe, and Asia, with the U.S. Southwest experiencing an ongoing heat wave affecting millions of Americans. The extreme heat is accompanied by more flooding, longer-burning wildfires, and other extreme weather events that pose significant risks to human populations.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged world leaders, particularly from wealthy nations, to take stronger actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The heat records are attributed to human-caused climate change, amplified by a natural El Nino event and high ocean temperatures in the Atlantic.
Through the first 23 days of July, Earth's average temperature was 16.95 degrees Celsius (62.5 degrees Fahrenheit), nearly 0.6 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than the previous record for the hottest month set in July 2019. This unprecedented heat highlights the urgent need for climate action to mitigate the impact of rising temperatures on ecosystems and human health.
(This article was written with assistnce from ChatGPT)
Source: AP News