I feel as though the above headline is a ho-hum these days. It doesn't feel as though even progressives are truly prioritizing acting on climate change to the degree needed.
There is time if we act now to both mitigate the severity of climate change and to take action to make adaptations so that societies can deal more effectively with the climate change that is already happening. But this can't be just one of many priorities or it won't happen to the degree necessary.
The European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service also revealed that June temperatures in North America were 1.2C higher than the average from 1991 to 2020, which is more than 2C above pre-industrial levels.
This is the 12th consecutive year of above-average June temperatures in the region, and the greatest increase recorded until now.
Northern Europe and Siberia also experienced an unusually hot June. Temperature records were broken in Moscow and Helsinki. The world as a whole was also warmer than average for this time of year. This would not normally be expected in the same year as a La Niña phenomenon, which is generally associated with a cooling effect.
Meteorologists said these anomalies were made more possible by the broader pattern of warming, which was caused by human emissions.
“Natural variability and a warming trend make a freakish event even more freakish,” said Carlo Buontempo, the director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service. “Because the climate is generally warming and so even in Niña year we see very high temperatures.”