Global temperatures hit a record high on Monday, July 3which emphasizes the dangers of ever-increasing carbon emissions generated by burning fossil fuels.
The global average temperature reached 17°C, just above the previous record of 16.9°C recorded in August 2016, according to data from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction. The new high highlights the extreme conditions of the summer of 2023 in the northern hemisphere.
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“This is not a milestone that we should celebrate, it is a death sentence for people and ecosystems,” said Friederike Otto., Grantham Research Institute Senior Lecturer on Climate Change and the Environment. “The worrying thing is that it won’t be the hottest day for a long time.” The El Niño weather phenomenon will break more records this year, she said.
This summer’s heat has already put millions of people around the world at risk. China is experiencing its latest extreme heat wave less than two weeks after record-breaking temperatures in Beijing.
Extreme heat in India last month was linked to deaths in some of its poorest regions. Last week, a dangerous dome of heat blanketed Texas and northern Mexico, while the UK sweltered in its hottest June on record.