July 2023 will be remembered as the warmest month ever, breaking a long string of records, but unfortunately all with negative consequences for the health of the planet. As we approach the end of the month, The data collected so far will only be definitive in the coming weeks, However, a study by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Copernicus satellite system and the University of Leipzig has already confirmed that July 2023 was the hottest month on record so far. This worrying news highlights the urgent need to take concrete measures to combat climate change and preserve the health of our environment and our planet.
Global warming exceeds the critical threshold of +1.5°C
The global average temperature has increased during the first and third week of July 2023 temporarily exceeded the critical threshold of +1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, This figure is extremely worrying because according to the Paris Agreement, +1.5 degrees is considered a turning point for global warming. Under the agreement, all countries in the world must engage in mitigation actions to try to stay below that figure.
more severe scenarios, such as an increase in temperature of +2 degrees or more, they promise a very dark future, as unfortunately we have also experienced in Italy in recent times. These exceptionally high temperatures recorded in July 2023 highlight the urgent need to take concrete and urgent measures to fight climate change and protect our planet. Only through a united global effort can we hope to preserve a sustainable future for generations to come.
Global heat records and worrying ocean temperatures
According to ERA5 data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service, directed by Carlo Buontempo, the first three weeks of July this year”Hottest three-week period on record“Boiling temperatures are affecting North America, Asia, North Africa and Europe.
July 6 was particularly notable as it became the day with the warmest global mean surface air temperature, surpassing the August 2016 record.
Even more worrisome is the issue of ocean temperatures, as the climate system is closely linked to the oceans. Global mean sea surface temperatures have been significantly higher than values observed at the same time last year. in the Mediterranean on July 24, Average surface temperature has reached its highest level on recordTouched 28.71 degrees.
this position requires Urgent attention and concrete action to combat climate change and reduce negative impacts on our planet and our lives. Global warming and the warming of ocean waters is a real threat to ecosystems and biodiversity, underscoring the importance of taking global measures to protect our environment.
Historical heat records and worrying prospects
Pending final data, research by the University of Leipzig, led by Professor Carsten Haustein, showed that the current July “0.2 degree warmer than 2019, which was the previous monthly record,
According to estimates based on preliminary data, July 2023 is set to set a new record hottest july ever, with a significant difference of about 0.2°C (+/-0.1°C) from the previous record. This not only makes it the warmest July, but also the month with the highest mean absolute global temperature on record. The troubling approach suggests that we may have to go back thousands or even tens of thousands of years to find similar warm climate conditions on our planet.
worry about 2024
Temperature records and primates represent only part of the picture of the climate crisis, but there’s another scary element to consider for 2024: the onset of the natural phenomenon El Niño. This phenomenon, which is known to increase temperatures in different regions of the world, has only just begun. This means that next year, in some parts of the planet (although Europe may be less included), temperatures could reach even higher and dangerous levels.
This fact requires an immediate and comprehensive response. El Nino effect could amplify effects of climate change already underway, Rising temperatures could further exacerbate extreme weather events such as heat waves, droughts, storms and floods, threatening the safety and stability of communities around the world. It is imperative that governments, organizations and individuals work together to address this challenge and take appropriate measures to mitigate climate change and protect our planet for future generations. Only through coordinated action can we hope to preserve a sustainable future for our world.
Limit global warming to +1.5-2°C
experts remind Average temperature reaching +1.5 degrees is nothing newAlready happened in 2016 and 2020. However, the current policies and commitments of governments around the world drive global warming towards the UN’s alarming estimate of +2.8 degrees.
However, there is still hope that all countries will unite to adopt policies based on decarbonization and the complete abandonment of fossil fuels. Implementing more stringent plans to achieve net-zero emissions could limit warming to +1.5 to +2 degrees in the coming years.