New data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said July 2021 was the warmest month ever recorded, implying that climate change is becoming more dangerous—a controversial theory among scientists.
“July is typically the world’s warmest month of the year, but July 2021 outdid itself as the hottest July and month ever recorded”, NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad said according to NPR.
Climate change has put the world on a “disturbing and disruptive path,” said Spinrad, and this statistic is the latest step in that tendency. According to research, heatwaves, droughts, and floods are becoming more common and severe as the climate warms.
The worldwide combined land and ocean surface temperature were 1.67 degrees Fahrenheit warmer last month than the 20th-century average of 60.4 degrees, said NOAA. The prior high was reached in 2016 and repeated in 2019 and 2020, NPR reported.
July was Asia’s hottest month on record and Europe’s second warmest month. For North America, South America, Africa, and Oceania, it was among the top ten hottest Julys, NOAA reported.
“Scientists from across the globe delivered the most up-to-date assessment of the ways in which the climate is changing,” Spinrad said. “It is a sobering IPCC report that finds that human influence is, unequivocally, causing climate change, and it confirms the impacts are widespread and rapidly intensifying.”
However, data from the University of Alabama in Huntsville showed that 2020, 2019, 2016, 2010, and 1998 were as warm as or warmer as July 2021.
NOAA said last month was the warmest July since records began 142 years ago. Nevertheless, the Earth has a 4.54-billion-year-old history.
“Our 4.54-billion-year-old planet probably experienced its hottest temperatures in its earliest days, when it was still colliding with other rocky debris (planetesimals) careening around the solar system. The heat of these collisions would have kept Earth molten, with top-of-the-atmosphere temperatures upward of 3,600° Fahrenheit,” NOAA said in its 2020 report.
“Even after those first scorching millennia, however, the planet has often been much warmer than it is now,” the agency added. “During much of the Paleocene and early Eocene (PETM) about 55-56 million years ago, the poles were free of ice caps, and palm trees and crocodiles lived above the Arctic Circle.”
“During the PETM, the global mean temperature appears to have risen by as much as 5-8°C (9-14°F) to an average temperature as high as 73°F. (Again, today’s global average is shy of 60°F).”
“At roughly the same time, paleoclimate data like fossilized phytoplankton and ocean sediments record a massive release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, at least doubling or possibly even quadrupling the background concentrations.”
“Compared to most of Earth’s history, today is unusually cold,” NOAA’s 2020 report concluded.
Meanwhile, a Canadian ecologist Patrick Moore, who was a member of Greenpeace from 1971 to 1986, said to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in Feb. 2014, “there is no scientific proof of man-made global warming and that a warmer earth would be ‘beneficial for humans and the majority of other species.'”
“There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years. If there were such a proof it would be written down for all to see. No actual proof, as it is understood in science, exists.” He said according to the Daily Mail.
Moore said in another speech that the narrative of man-made global warming, later transformed into that of “climate change,” is an invention of politicians and elites to control the population through fear and guilt.
“Fear has been used all through history to gain control of people’s minds and wallets and all else, and the climate catastrophe is strictly a fear campaign—well, fear and guilt,” Moore explained.
In 2018, 31,487 U.S. scientists, including 9,029 with doctorates, signed a petition, the Global Warming Petition Project, saying, ”There are no experimental data to support the hypothesis that increases in human hydrocarbon use or in atmospheric carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are causing or can be expected to cause unfavorable changes in global temperatures, weather, or landscape,” concluded the more than 30,000 scholars.
“There is no reason to limit human production of CO2, CH4 and other minor greenhouse gases as has been proposed,” they added, urging the U.S. government to reject the Kyoto Protocol agreements.