“Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week”: Washington Post

Africa’s hottest temperature likely ever reliably recorded: 124.3˚F (51.3˚C) in Ouargla, Algeria. Northern Siberia: > 90˚F ….> 40˚F above normal. Los Angeles highest-ever: 111˚F. And so on and so on.

The implications? The article uses the flat, safe, language we have seen so many times, for so many years now. “No single record, in isolation, can be attributed to global warming. But collectively, these heat records are consistent with the kind of extremes we expect to see increase in a warming world.” Readers are left to draw their own conclusions. Mine: that we are rapidly losing the ability to feed and provide water for most of the people on the planet, and must begin an emergency programme to build on the greenhouse-gas emissions-reductions platform that the Paris Agreement has given us.

Image: from article – Simulation of maximum temperatures on July 3 from American (GFS) weather model at two meters above the ground. (University of Maine Climate Reanalyzer)

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