If you’re not of the 90 per cent of the world who believe that global warning is a real thing, we have more proof for you that it is.
According to US officials, July was the Earth’s hottest month on record – and it pretty much smashed old records.
July’s average temperature was 16.5 Celsius (61.86 degrees Fahrenheit), beating the former global mark set both in 1998 and 2010 by about one-seventh of a degree.
Though it may not sound like it, that’s a large margin for weather records.
Something else to consider: nine of the 10 hottest months on record have happened since 2005 – and the records date back to 1880. And the first seven months of 2015 mark the hottest January-to-July span on record.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate scientist Jake Crouch told the Associated Press that it’s quite likely that 2015 will end up the hottest year on record, beating last year.
Not shockingly, Crouch also says that this reaffirms that the Earth is warming. This year in particular, we’re experiencing a boost from an El Nino warming of the Pacific Ocean.
If you’ve been outdoors this summer, we’re going to bet you sweat through (or at least, in) a few more shirts than in summers past.
So the next time you hear someone say that Climate Change isn’t a real thing, do them a favour and hit them up with a little education courtesy the giant collective sweat machine that is the Earth right now.