In an alarming testament to the ongoing climate crisis, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has confirmed that July 2023 has broken all records to become the hottest month on Earth since records began in 1880. The findings, presented by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, reveal a distressing increase in global temperatures that underscores the urgent need for collective action against climate change.
According to NASA’s data, July 2023 shattered the previous July record by over one-third of a degree Fahrenheit. This alarming increase in temperature, which equates to 0.24°C, highlights the severity of the ongoing climate crisis. Notably, July 2023 was 1.18°C warmer than the average July between 1951 and 1980, underscoring the rapid pace of global warming.
The effects of this record-breaking heat were felt worldwide. Regions including South America, North Africa, North America, and the Antarctic Peninsula experienced temperatures around 4 degrees Celsius higher than average. This temperature anomaly points to the far-reaching impacts of climate change on ecosystems and communities across the globe.
NASA’s analysis revealed that warm ocean temperatures in the eastern tropical Pacific were evident, indicating the presence of the El Nino phenomenon that began developing in May 2023. While the full impacts of El Nino are predicted to manifest in the coming year, the warming oceans contribute to the overall trend of increasing global temperatures.
Gavin Schmidt, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, stressed that the unparalleled warming observed is primarily driven by human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. The link between human activity and the rise in average temperatures is a stark reminder of the urgent need to address the root causes of climate change.
The alarming data from NASA coincides with the European Union’s climate observatory’s confirmation that July 2023 was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth. The gravity of the situation cannot be understated, especially when considering that the five hottest Julys since 1880 have occurred in the last five years.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson emphasized the immediate need for action, highlighting that communities worldwide are directly experiencing the consequences of the climate crisis. The urgency of President Biden’s climate agenda is underscored by the unprecedented temperatures, urging swift efforts to protect both our planet and our future.