/ 31 July 2023

It’s a cruel summer

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

“The era of global warming has ended” and “the era of global boiling has arrived,” according to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. His alarming statement followed the European Commission’s Copernicus Climate Change Service declaration that the sizzling conditions across the Northern Hemisphere in July are “rather remarkable and unprecedented”. That included the hottest 3-week period ever recorded and the 3 hottest days on record – and while the month is still to wrap up, the Service’s boss Carlo Buentempo said it would go down as the hottest month on record. Also playing on climate scientists’ minds are high ocean temperatures. The experts are unsure why, but they say it will make raise land temperatures (hello, eastern Oz…), disrupt marine life, destroy coral reefs, and make fires, floods and hurricanes more intense. Even grizzly bears aren’t immune

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