We are in the middle of an extreme climate mess. This is what scientists warned us about for the last 50 years.
Our oceans are warming up and changing their colour due to climate change. Summers are getting hotter and hotter in many parts of the world, with temperatures reaching as high as 45C. And the increasingly dry conditions have fueled wildfire outbreaks in countries like Canada.
Furthermore, global warming has created a warmer atmosphere which holds more moisture which in turn creates more deadly downpours. This high level of precipitation has led to floods and landslides, which recently impacted thousands of people across the globe including Japan, India, the USA and Brazil. We all witnessed the horrific devastation in Pakistan last year when one-third of the country was submerged underwater.
And there’s more! July also recorded the hottest-ever temperature since records began. Just to make matters worse, this is an El Niño year. El Niño (El Niño–Southern Oscillation, or ENSO) is the hot phase of a natural fluctuation in the Earth’s climate system.