July has been the planet’s hottest month on record

These heatwaves have caused and will continue to cause, significant damage to environments around the world.

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The World Meteorological Organization says this July could possibly go down as the hottest month in recorded history. The previous record was set in July 2016 as a result of the occurrence of an El Niño phenomenon. 

“July has re-written climate history, with dozens of new temperature records at local, national, and global level,” says WMO Chief Petteri Taalas.

The month’s heatwave came after June’s also record-breaking heatwave. In fact, all months in 2019 have been the warmest for their time of year. 

These heatwaves have caused and will continue to cause, significant damage to environments around the world as ice continues to melt in places like Greenland and wildfires start to increase. 

“This is not science fiction. It is the reality of climate change. It is happening now and it will worsen in the future without urgent climate action,” said Taalas. 

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