2023 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #30

A chronological listing of news and opinion articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, July 23, 2023 thru Sat, Jully 29, 2023.

Story of the Week

‘Era of global boiling has arrived,’ says UN chief as July set to be hottest month on record 

Head of World Meteorological Organization also warns ‘climate action is not a luxury but a must’ as temperatures soar


Source: WMO Press Release, July 2023 is set to be the hottest month on record, July 27, 2023

The era of global warming has ended and “the era of global boiling has arrived”, the UN secretary general, António Guterres, has said after scientists confirmed July was on track to be the world’s hottest month on record.

“Climate change is here. It is terrifying. And it is just the beginning,” Guterres said. “It is still possible to limit global temperature rise to 1.5C [above pre-industrial levels], and avoid the very worst of climate change. But only with dramatic, immediate climate action.”

Guterres’s comments came after scientists confirmed on Thursday that the past three weeks have been the hottest since records began and July is on track to be the hottest month ever recorded.

Global temperatures this month have shattered records, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the EU’s Copernicus Earth observation programme, stoked by the burning of fossil fuels and spurring violent weather.

The steady rise in global average temperatures, driven by pollution that traps sunlight and acts like a greenhouse around the Earth, has made weather extremes worse.

“Humanity is in the hot seat,” Guterres told a press conference on Thursday. “For vast parts of North America, Asia, Africa and Europe, it is a cruel summer. For the entire planet, it is a disaster. And for scientists, it is unequivocal – humans are to blame. 

“All this is entirely consistent with predictions and repeated warnings. The only surprise is the speed of the change. Climate change is here, it is terrifying, and it is just the beginning. The era of global warming has ended; the era of global boiling has arrived.”

Guterres urged politicians to take swift action. “The air is unbreathable, the heat is unbearable, and the level of fossil fuel profits and climate inaction is unacceptable. Leaders must lead. No more hesitancy, no more excuses, no more waiting for others to move first. There is simply no more time for that.

Click here to access the entire article as originally posted on The Guardian website.

‘Era of global boiling has arrived,’ says UN chief as July set to be hottest month on record by Ajit Niranjan, Climate Science, The Guardian, July 27, 2023 

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Saturday July 29, 2023

Posted by John Hartz on Saturday, 29 July, 2023

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