Record temperatures lead to climate collapse - The hottest summer is said to have alarming effects on us
Author: House of Eden
- The world experienced the hottest summer on record
- Record temperatures point to a climate breakdown
- Alarming statement from the UN Secretary General emphasizes the urgency of rapid action
Scientists have been warning about the consequences of climate change for a long time. Global warming has accelerated dramatically in recent years, and this summer has once again highlighted the alarming effects of climate change.
Recently, UN Secretary-General António Guterres released a statement noting that this year's summer will go down as the hottest on record. "The climate breakdown has begun. The dog days of summer not only bark, they also bite," said Guterres.
Record temperatures at a glance
The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), conducted by the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and funded by the European Union, reports that Earth has experienced its hottest three consecutive months on record. This was accompanied by unprecedented sea surface temperatures and numerous weather extremes, including devastating wildfires.
The data shows that the year so far (January to August) was the second warmest on record, just behind 2016. August itself was recorded as the warmest August on record, with only July 2023 being hotter. Sea surface temperatures reached record highs in August, and overall the month was about 1,5 degrees Celsius warmer than the pre-industrial average from 1850 to 1900.
Alarming report from the WMO and the Met Office
These worrying facts were published in a report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UK Met Office, based on data from the C3S and five other international datasets and used for climate monitoring. Back in May this year, the report warned that temperatures would temporarily be 1,5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average of 1850-1900 in at least one of the next five years.
"Our climate is imploding faster than we can cope with extreme weather events hitting every corner of the planet. Rising temperatures require strong commitment. Leaders must now increase the pressure for climate solutions. We are still capable of the worst climate chaos prevent it - and we mustn't waste a second," says Guterres,