From: Alice Taylor

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that July was the hottest month on record.

“This new record adds to the disturbing and disruptive path that climate change has taken for the globe,” NOAA Director Rick Spinrad said in a statement.

July presented an extraordinary series of disasters related to climate change, from fires in North America, Siberia, and the Mediterranean, to floods across northern Europe and Turkey. Flood damage in China and Europe is believed to have racked up a bill of $50 billion.

Other disasters throughout the year include an ongoing drought in Canada, Mexico, and Brazil, flooding in India, the western US, and Australia, and countless instances of severe weather.

Meanwhile, the hottest temperature recorded on earth was registered in Death Valley, California. Temperatures soared to 54.4 degrees on 9 July beating the previous record set in August 2020 by 0.1F. Globally, 107 major weather stations reported new all-time highest heat records. This included Elbasan with 42.5 C on 28 July and Peshkopi with 38.6 C on 29 July.

Last week, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that global warming is playing an important role in raising temperatures.

In the IPCC report, the scientists analyzed global temperatures starting in 1850 and used computer models to observe how temperatures would change solely on the basis of natural variability, which they then compared to modern ones involving human influences.

Overall, the data proved, once again, that climate change is man-made. The global surface temperature was the highest ever recorded for July, surpassing the previous record set in 2012, according to NOAA.

Europe had its second hottest July — after that of 2010 and 2018.