An American scientific agency has expressed its concern about the increase in natural phenomena related to climate change, after rating the month of July as the hottest month on record on the planet.
“In this case, number one is the worst,” US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency chief Rick Spinrad said in a statement.
He explained that “the month of July is generally the hottest month of the year, but July 2021 exceeded that to become the hottest month ever recorded.”
The new record, according to Spinrad, is added to the “worrying and disturbing path that the universe is witnessing due to climate change.”
The global surface temperature of the planet increased by 0.01 degrees Celsius compared to the previous hottest July recorded in 2016, knowing that the latter was equal to its counterparts in 2019 and 2020, according to the agency.
It was 0.93 degrees Celsius above the average temperature in the twentieth century.
The agency indicated that the registration of the data began 142 years ago.
For its part, the European Service for Climate Change (Copernicus) reported last week that last month, July, was the third warmest on the planet.
Breakthrough climate scientist Zeke Husfather, who specializes in temperature records, told AFP that the US agency has “more limited coverage in the Arctic”, which may explain the difference.
“No matter where July ranks in the rankings, the warming recorded in the world this summer is a clear consequence of climate change,” he said.
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