UN Warns of Climate Crisis as July Revealed as Hottest Month Ever Recorded
Report has found that the global temperature was significantly above average in July 2019. These new figures as revealed by European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, showed that global average temperature in July 2019 was same as, if not slightly higher than July 2016. The report further highlighted that July 2019 was 0.56 degrees Celsius warmer than the average July from 1981-2010.
The previous warmest July occurred in 2016, but July 2019 was 0.04 degrees Celsius warmer, sufficient for the month to become, by a narrow margin, the warmest July in this data record. The United Nations Secretary General António Guterres warned that these rising temperatures defined a ‘climate emergency’.
In a broader view, the month was close to 1.2°C above the pre-industrial level, as defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In Europe there were some regional differences, the report showed that it was warmer than normal over western Europe.
Monitoring in Greenland indicated a high rate of ice-sheet mass loss due to melting. However, temperatures were below average in some areas, this included several land and oceanic areas, including much of Canada, parts of the North Atlantic and South Pacific, and to the south-west of Australia.
The IPCC stated that unless global average temperature is not kept from rising below 1.5 degrees Celsius and well below 2.0 degrees Celsius, we could face damaging and irreversible consequences.