Amid a backdrop of extreme weather events and devastating wildfires, federal and international officials this week issued dire warnings about record-setting temperatures and the worsening effects of climate change.
Last month was the planet’s warmest August on record, and the Northern Hemisphere experienced its hottest meteorological summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday.
“Global marine heat waves and a growing El Niño are driving additional warming this year, but as long as emissions continue driving a steady march of background warming, we expect further records to be broken in the years to come,” read a statement from NOAA chief scientist Sarah Kapnick.
(1 of 5) IT’S OFFICIAL: The world just had its hottest August on record. 5th-consecutive month of record-high global ocean surface temps. 4th-consecutive month of record-low Antarctic #SeaIce coverage.https://t.co/4UN86b4C2U@NOAANCEI #StateOfClimate pic.twitter.com/KYNPEH3N3p
The warning comes on the heels of a study published this week in the journal Science Advances, which found that the planet has transgressed 6 out of 9 boundaries for processes deemed critical for maintaining the stability and resilience of the Earth system as a whole.