Climate change is 'out of control' says UN, as hottest days recorded since 1850

Unofficial data indicates world recorded seven hottest days in a row with the highest temperature of 62.92 degrees Fahrenheit in the last two days
Shubhangi Dua
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The United Nations is nudging governments to take immediate action in response to the accelerating effects of climate change.

Global temperatures hit a new world record high on 6 July, as the global intergovernmental organization continues to highlight the need for action. 

Earlier this week, UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed that the climate crisis was beyond management:

"The situation we are witnessing now is the demonstration that climate change is out of control".

In a stark warning to world leaders, he went on to add that: “If we persist in delaying key measures that are needed, I think we are moving into a catastrophic situation, as the last two records in temperature demonstrates.”

Recent unofficial reports showed the highest temperatures were recorded seven days straight from the end of June, with Monday and Tuesday breaking records lasting until Wednesday this week. 

Hottest since 1850s

“The past seven days have been the hottest on Earth since instrumental records began in the 1850s,” New Scientist says.

The University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer data metric showed that Earth’s average temperature on Tuesday and Wednesday stayed put at the record high of 62.92°F (17.18°C) smashing Monday’s record of 62.62°F (17.01°C )

Furthermore, European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service highlighted that June was recorded as the hottest month globally with abnormally high temperatures both on land and at sea.

As reported by New Scientist, the preliminary data from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) compiled by the University of Maine’s Climate Renalyzer depicted that the average global air temperature recorded two meters above Earth’s surface reaching 63°F (17.23°C). 

The climate crisis has been spotlighted repetitively by the UN, particularly in June after global temperatures nearly surpassed the global warming limit of 2.7 Fahrenheit.

The Guardian reports that data is registered from the NCEP climate forecast system by the Climate Reanalyzer tool. It provides a time series of daily mean two-meter air temperature, based on readings from surface, air balloon, and satellite observations.

El Niño looming

On Tuesday, the UN confirmed the reappearance of a sporadic weather pattern called El Niño.

The Guardian notes that the last major El Niño was in 2016, which remains the hottest year on record.

Scientists also confirm that climate change is entering uncharted territory. They believe that the additional heat from human-caused global warming, along with the return of El Niño, will lead to more record-breaking temperatures. 

However, the NOAA has not yet validated the “unofficial” data, as they said the numbers were generated using model output data which it called unsuitable substitutes for actual temperatures and climate records. 

The NOAA monitors global temperatures and records on a monthly and an annual basis, not daily. They said, “We recognize that we are in a warm period due to climate change, and combined with El Niño and hot summer conditions, we’re seeing record warm surface temperatures being recorded at many locations across the globe.”

Professor of Climate Physics at the University of Leeds in the UK, Piers Forster explained that the searing heat experienced across Canada, the US, and Mexico in the last few weeks, where temperatures have soared above 115°F (46°C) in some places, is partly to blame. 

Foster says that the persistent heatwave has been caused by an “omega” pattern in the jet stream, which is holding the hot weather in place and helping to drive record-high global air temperatures.

"This “wavy” jet stream pattern may be a secondary effect of climate change which could mean that such runs of record-breaking air temperatures could become more common in the future," he said.  

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