July was the world’s hottest month ever recorded, a US federal scientific and regulatory agency has reported. The data shows that the combined land and ocean-surface temperature was 0.93C (1.68F) above the 20th Century average of 15.8C (60.4F). It is the highest temperature since record-keeping began 142 years ago. The previous record, set in July 2016, was equalled in 2019 and 2020. Experts believe this is due to the long-term impact of climate change.
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report effectively announced “a code red” warning for our species. Unequivocal evidence showed greenhouse gas emissions were propelling us towards a calamitous fiery future triggered by extreme climate change, it announced. Only urgent reductions of fossil fuel emissions can hope to save us. It was a vision vividly endorsed by scientists, normally the most circumspect of commentators about world events. “Our future climate could well become some kind of hell on Earth,” said Prof Tim Palmer, of Oxford University. Or, as Prof Dave Reay, executive director of Edinburgh University’s Climate Change Institute, put it: “This is not just another scientific report. This is hell and high water writ large.” The trouble now is that the world has already heated up by almost 1.1C, which means only drastic cutbacks in emissions will succeed in preventing far more serious, intense global warming. It will be tight going. The most ambitious of emission scenarios described by the IPCC offers less than a 50% chance of keeping below that 1.5C threshold. Prospects for limiting global warming to 2C are better but will still require reductions far in excess of those that have been pledged by nations in the run up to Cop26, the UN climate summit to be held in Glasgow in November.
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At least 44 people have died in floods in Turkey, with the death toll expected to climb as rescue teams continue to search for those who are still missing.
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Climate change already damaging many of Britain’s historic sites, warns National Trust
Extreme weather and rising temperatures causing significant harm to sites including Lyme Park, Ham House and Hurst Castle. The guardians of Britain’s heritage have warned that, as climate change is threatening to destroy our future, it is already destroying our past. As it takes its toll, some heritage sites will become too expensive to rescue from crumbling coastlines or flash flooding and will have to be abandoned.
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At the risk of becoming persona non grata in climate circles, I must confess to having concerns about the concept of scientific consensus itself. I don’t wish to cast doubt on climate science per se; merely to pose a few questions that keep pressing on my mind. To return to climate science, I am not urging complacency. For all I know, the situation may be a whole lot worse than scientists are saying. My point is more general: science is good at finding answers in specialisms but not at working across interfaces. Adjoining disciplines often talk a different language, have different standards of proof and take little time to map the interrelationships that could reveal the weight-bearing struts upon which policies are based, and which should be the focus of more intensive interdisciplinary research.
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SNOW may disappear completely from Scotland’s mountains this summer in what appears to be an accelerating warming of the climate. It has remained on some of the highest peaks throughout the year since the 1700s but all cover has melted away in recent summers.
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