The average temperature of Earth reached a new unofficial record high on Thursday. Marking the third such milestone within a week that is already recognized as the hottest on record.
According to data from the University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer, which utilizes satellite data and computer simulations to assess global conditions. The planetary average temperature reached 63 degrees Fahrenheit. Surpassing the previous marks of 62.9 degrees (17.18 degrees Celsius) set on Tuesday and equalled on Wednesday.
This average encompasses regions experiencing extreme heat, such as Jingxing, China. Where temperatures approached almost 110 degrees Fahrenheit. As well as areas that are significantly warmer than usual, such as Antarctica. In Antarctica, temperatures across much of the continent were up to 8 degrees Fahrenheit (4.5 degrees Celsius) higher than normal during this week.
On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a cautious statement. Regarding the findings from the University of Maine’s tool. Expressing their inability to confirm data derived from computer modelling.
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“Although NOAA cannot validate the methodology or conclusion of the University of Maine analysis. We recognize that we are in a warm period due to climate change,” the NOAA statement acknowledged.
Nonetheless, the University of Maine’s data has widely been regarded as yet another concerning indication of global climate change. Climate scientists have expressed that they were not surprised by the unofficial temperature records observed this week.
Robert Watson, a scientist and former chairman of the IPCC, highlighted the lack of true commitment from governments, the private sector, and citizens in addressing climate change. He noted that there is a persistent demand for cheap energy and food without being willing to bear the true costs associated with them.
“They demand cheap energy, cheap food, and do not want to pay the true cost of food and energy,” Watson stated.
The continued rise in the average temperature of the earth serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for collective action. And a commitment to mitigating climate change. Addressing this global challenge requires widespread awareness and policy changes. Moreover, a shift towards sustainable practices across various sectors of society.