Living With Climate Change: Already roasting in extreme heat? 2024 could be even hotter, NASA scientists warn

by | Jul 22, 2023 | Stock Market

Heat records have been shattered from California to Florida this summer. And, yes, it is summer and summer is hot. If 2023 already feels like one for the record books, 2024 won’t bring any relief, NASA scientists said this week.

Unprecedented heat has cooked the U.S. Southwest to dangerous levels, stressed air-conditioning reliability and prompted water conservation in parts of Texas and elsewhere. In Arizona, the mercury at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport again reached 110 Fahrenheit (43.3 Celsius) on July 18, breaking the previous record of 18 consecutive days at or above that temperature, set in 1974. The story doesn’t stop there. Extreme temps have hit Europe, handing Greece its longest string of extreme-heat days on record. And if these conditions aren’t tough enough, extreme heat has been joined by dramatic floods in the U.S. Northeast, India, Japan and China. Man-made climate change — caused by the greenhouse gas emissions put off by burning coal, oil
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and gas and blamed for accelerating historical climates shifts — has been warming the Earth’s temperature. And now there’s another factor at work, NASA-based researchers and scientists from around the globe stress.  El Niño, the somewhat regular pattern in the tropical Pacific that brings warmer-than-average sea-surface temperatures and influences weather, has only just started in recent months. That means its full impact has yet to be felt, said Gavin Schmidt, a climatologist and director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, talking to reporters this week. “Its really only just emerged, and so what we’re seeing [with this summer’s extremes] is not really due to that El Niño,” Schmidt said. For more: Cerberus heat wave: What’s the meaning behind the blistering weather system’s name?  For nearly all of July, the world has been in uncharted hot territory, according to the University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer. And June was also the hottest June on record, according to several weather agencies. …

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is not really due to that El Niño,” Schmidt said. For more: Cerberus heat wave: What’s the meaning behind the blistering weather system’s name?  For nearly all of July, the world has been in uncharted hot territory, according to the University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer. And June was also the hottest June on record, according to several weather agencies. …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]

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