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July 2023 was the hottest month on Earth, EU confirms – DW – 08/08/2023

July was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, confirmed the EU’s climate observatory on Tuesday.

“2023 is currently the third warmest year to date at 0.43 degree Celsius above the recent average, with the average global temperature in July at 1.5 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels,” said Samantha Burgess, Deputy Director of the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.

Marked by heatwaves and fires around the world, July was 0.33 degree Celsius on average higher than the record which was set in July 2019

Ocean temperatures set new record

The burning of fossil fuels have contributed to longer and more frequent heat waves as well as more intense storms and floods.

The climate agency pointed how heat waves were “experienced in multiple regions of the Northern Hemisphere, including South Europe.”

UN: July on course to be hottest month in human history

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Several parts of South America and much of Antarctica also experienced well-above average temperatures.

The temperature of oceans of the world also set new records, causing concern regarding the effects it would have on marine life and coastal communities.

The era of ‘global boiling’

Burgess warned that the data indicates that the world will face “dire consequences.”

“Even if this is only temporary, it shows the urgency for ambitious efforts to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, which are the main driver behind these records,” she added. 

UN chief Antonio Guterres issued an SOS call recently and said that “It is terrifying. And it is just the beginning.”

Urging immediate and strong action to reduce emissions, Guterres said “The era of global warming has ended; the era of global boiling has arrived.

ns/wmr (AFP, dpa)

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