"Record Breaking: Humanity Sentenced to Death"
"Climatologist Otto: New Record of Global Average Temperature is a Death Sentence for Humanity"
The new record of global average temperature is a "death sentence" for humanity, according to climate scientist Dr. Frederike Otto from the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Protection at Imperial College London. In a conversation with Sky News, she expressed this opinion.
According to data from the U.S. National Center for Environmental Forecasting, cited by the publication, the average temperature on the planet reached 17.01°C on Monday, July 3. The previous record was set in August 2016, when the global average temperature was 16.92 degrees.
"This is not a milestone we should celebrate. It's a death sentence for people and ecosystems," said Dr. Otto.
As noted by the publication, this year the United Nations warned of rising global temperatures due to climate change and the associated phases of the natural phenomenon El Niño. The peculiarity of the phase shift is that during La Niña, heat is intensively released from the atmosphere into the ocean, while during El Niño, the flow goes from the ocean into the atmosphere.
On Wednesday, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated that the organization expects a series of extreme weather events to hit the world in the coming months, such as floods, hurricanes, and periods of intense heat.