According to data from NASA, this year’s was the hottest ever month of June, and July is well on the way to setting the record for the hottest month ever.
Unprecedented temperatures have been recorded in Alaska, drought and heat waves are devastating India and Zimbabwe, a number of temperature records were broken in Europe, while the heat-wave has caused forest fires in the south of France and in Indonesia. The summer weather extremes have already claimed several tens of thousands of lives worldwide.
According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), nine of the ten hottest years on record have occurred since 2000, and this year is practically certain to be in the top five.
From Alaska to California, the temperature of the Pacific Ocean is well above average.
Since measurements began in Czechia almost two and a half centuries ago, there has not been a summer as hot as this year’s in Prague, when daily average temperatures reached 22.9 degrees Celsius.
In her opening address at the 42nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed grave concern about the condition of the global environment.
Climate change is making Germany’s climate warmer, with a series of new high temperature records and heat waves making people’s lives more difficult. In response to the changes, the German Trade Union Confederation has proposed introducing the siesta break to protect workers.
Climate change will have a long-term effect on the future of a third of the bird species studied.
The country’s average temperature has increased by 0.47 degrees Celsius each decade since 1976.
The European skiing industry has to reckon with much less snow and much shorter seasons as a result of climate change. Skiing resorts are responding to the challenge by using snow cannons and employing innovative snow production technologies – a practice that environmentalists believe to be particularly harmful.
It is a lesser known fact that climate change is also making the oxygen levels of the oceans drop. Over the last 50 years, the average oxygen content of the world’s oceans has dropped by almost 2%, which may have dramatic consequences.
A study by researchers at the University of Colorado claims that along with new types of psychological problems such as climate anxiety and ecological grief, climate change has many other unfavourable consequences for human health, such as the chronic kidney disease that is becoming increasingly common among agricultural workers.
Europe is warming up faster than expected, with climate change increasing the number of extremely hot days while reducing the number of extremely cold ones, reported researchers at ETH Zürich University in their study published in the journal of the American Geophysical Union, the Geophysical Research Letters.