On Monday, the world experienced record-high temperatures, highlighting the risks posed by rising carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels.
According to statistics from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, the average global temperature was 17 C (63 F), just a little bit higher than the previous record of 16.9 C set in August 2016.
The new peak emphasizes how extreme the northern hemisphere summer of 2023 will be.
The Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment senior lecturer Friederike Otto remarked, “This is not a milestone we should be celebrating; it’s a death sentence for people and ecosystems.”
She stated that the El Nio weather phenomenon is expected to set additional records this year, so it won’t be the warmest day for a while.
Already, millions of people throughout the world are at risk due to this summer’s heat.
Less than two weeks after temperatures in Beijing set records, China is currently facing another intense heat wave.
Extreme heat last month in India has been associated with fatalities in some of its most underdeveloped areas.
While the UK cooked in its warmest June on record, a hazardous heat dome covered Texas and northern Mexico last week.