Climate scientists have predicted that July 2023 will likely go down as the warmest July on record across the world and possibly the warmest July in at least 120,000 years.
According to the Washington Post, China registered an all-time high temperature for the country of 52.2 degrees celsius, while the July 16th high of 53.3 in Death Valley, California, was two degrees shy of the highest reliably measured temperature on Earth.
Numerous countries surpassed 50 degrees for highs last month. The heat index is what the temperature feels like to the human body when relative humidity is combined with the air temperature. In the Middle East during July, the heat index reached 66.7 degrees, near the limit of human survival.
Europe is now the fastest warming continent in the world with 2022 marked by extreme heat, drought and wildfires, and climate change is taking a major human, economic and environmental toll in Europe, according to the latest report on ‘The State of the Climate in Europe’.
We examine these issues and more, in this week’s episode.