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Hottest Day Ever Recorded Globally Raises Concerns Over Climate Crisis

Hottest Day Ever Recorded Globally Raises Concerns Over Climate Crisis

 According to data from the U.S. National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Monday, July 3, marked the hottest day ever recorded globally, with the average global temperature reaching 17.01 degrees Celsius (62.62 Fahrenheit). This surpassed the previous record set in August 2016. Heatwaves have been scorching regions around the world, emphasizing the urgency of addressing the climate crisis.


"The southern U.S. has been suffering under an intense heat dome in recent weeks. In China, an enduring heatwave continued, with temperatures above 35C (95F). North Africa has seen temperatures near 50C (122F). And even Antarctica, currently in its winter, registered anomalously high temperatures. Ukraine's Vernadsky Research Base in the white continent's Argentine Islands recently broke its July temperature record with 8.7C (47.6F)," the report stated.


Climate scientist Friederike Otto of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Britain's Imperial College London expressed concern, stating, "This is not a milestone we should be celebrating. It's a death sentence for people and ecosystems." Scientists attribute this extreme heat to climate change and the influence of an emerging El Niño pattern.


Zeke Hausfather, a research scientist at Berkeley Earth, emphasized the potential for more records to be broken in the future. "Unfortunately, it promises to only be the first in a series of new records set this year as increasing emissions of [carbon dioxide] and greenhouse gases coupled with a growing El Niño event push temperatures to new highs," Hausfather stated.


The alarming global temperature increase underscores the pressing need for concerted efforts to mitigate climate change and its adverse effects on both human well-being and the environment.


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