According to scientists working for the European Union’s Copernicus Earth Observation Program, this month was the third warmest July on record – with unusually high temperatures from Finland to the United States. Only July in 2019 and 2016 was much warmer.
Researchers have shown that the past seven years have been the hottest in the history of temperature studies, the rise being primarily due to increased emissions of greenhouse gases that are changing the Earth’s climate. “When we look at global temperatures, we clearly see fluctuations from year to year, even month to month. However, ultimately, the warming trend is clear in most regions of the world,” said Frija Famburg, who led the study.
Copernicus has been collecting temperature data since 1950, but comparing it with records from the mid-19th century.
In July of this year, many regions were exposed to extreme weather conditions, confirming scientists’ findings that global warming is causing heat waves that lead to torrential rains.
Hundreds of people died in record heat in the United States and Canada in June, and firefighting continues along the West Coast. In China, Belgium and Germany, rainfall has led to deadly floods, and Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria are facing fires. (PAP)
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