Things are heating up.
We've heard of global warming, we've heard about climate change, but here's one fact that may take you by surprise.
This June was the hottest June on planet Earth ever recorded.
Should we be worried, or should we be celebrating the fact that we invested in that Costco pool last year?
The EU's satellite agency announced that this June was the hottest ever recorded.Data provided by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), funded by the EU, showed that the global temperature of June 2019 was higher than any June ever recorded.
So how much hotter are we talking?Well, the planet's not about to melt like ice cream, but things are getting warmer.
The data showed that Europe was, on average, two degrees Celsius hotter than normal.That might not sound like very much, but, if temperatures continue to rise at this rapid speed, imagine how hot things will get in the next decade.
In France, things seem to be heating up much quicker.The data showed that France was between 6-10 degrees Celsius higher than normal.
The same goes for Northern Spain and Germany.By the end of the month, Northern Spain and Germany were also reaching temperatures 6-10 degrees Celsius higher than average.
What are the weather experts saying about the rise in temperature?Experts are saying that this isn't some random act of nature. According to reports made by The Independent, experts have stated: "Climate change made last week's record-breaking European heatwave at least five times as likely to happen."
"The records haven't just been broken, they've been obliterated."Professor Hannah Cloke, a natural hazards researcher at the University of Reading, has made it clear that she doesn't think that we should be calm about this new data. Speaking about the rise in temperatures, Cloke said: "We knew June was hot in Europe, but this study shows that that temperature records haven’t just been broken. They have been obliterated."
Professor Hannah Cloke says that we shouldn't be surprised; scientists have been warning us for decades.Okay, okay. I can't argue with her there, but, I don't know, it all feels a little like fear mongering to me. We do know that the world has experienced sporadic and extreme weather changes throughout the ages, so can we really predict that things will get hotter and hotter until we all melt away?
Professor Cloke admits that it isn't the time to be running around screaming at the sky as our feet burn on the hot coals that were once our nicely-laid patios.It's not time to start boarding up your house and joining a cult that promises to take you to the next destination. Cloke states: "Rapid attempts to find links between climate change and single extreme weather events are possible, but often come with many caveats. We should be careful not to ignore these caveats when we look at the conclusions of quick-turnaround attribution studies."
So we shouldn't ignore it, but we shouldn't be too worried.Weather is unpredictable; we have no control over it. In this world that we live in, wherein everything can be carefully managed and organized, it can be hard to accept that something as impactful as the weather is completely beyond our control.
Not having control over the weather is a modern anxiety.
via: YoutubeRemember that Recess movie when that guy tries to block out the sun so the kids don't have long summer vacations and will have to study more? Our disdain over the unpredictability of the weather and our desire to control it, to regulate it, is a bit like that.
I mean, there's been plenty of extreme weather over the years.This is no new phenomenon. Perhaps by reminding ourselves of the extreme and varied temperatures that have hit over the years, we will get a better perspective of what we are currently facing.
Remember the Dust Bowl era?In the 1930s, there was a period of severe dust storms and drought that gripped Canadian and American prairies. The dust storms severely affected the agriculture and ecology of the areas. The couldn't grow crops and people starved.
People had no idea what was happening or how long it would last.The drought came in three waves: the first in 1934, then 1936, and another in 1939–1940. Some regions of the high plains experienced drought conditions for as long as eight years. That's nearly a decade of turbulence, not knowing whether things would ever calm down and become stable again.
Fortunately, the music of Woody Guthrie has kept the anxieties of the Dust Bowl era alive, showing us that our own concerns are nothing new.Guthrie's debut album was called Dust Bowl Ballads and was released in 1940. Hist tracks detail the struggle of living through this period of extreme and unfamiliar weather conditions. One track "Dusty Old Dust," which was later titled "So Long, It's Been Good to Know Yuh," details the uncertainty of the Dust Bowl period, wherein people were unsure whether or not it really was the end of the world.
Guthrie's lyrics were written almost ninety years ago could have been written today.
via: Getty Images.In "Dusty Old Dust," he sings: "Well, the churches were jammed, the churches were packed / The dusty old dust storm, it blew so black / The preacher could not read a word of his text / He folded his specs, took up collection, said / So long, it's been good to know you."
People are living in genuine fear that the world is coming to an end imminently.
via: Getty Images.Personally, I know that the environmental impact of humans is not doing the world any good and I fully support the war on plastic, the reduction in meat consumption, and really wish that people would get out of their petrol-guzzling cars and ride a bike for a change, but implementing these necessary changes under the guise that "if we don't, we can say goodbye to the planet," feels pretty dumb to me.