Climate change: May was the 12th consecutive record month

THE climate change shows his teeth more often. May marked the 12th consecutive month of record temperatures on Earth, and more waves are expected heat wave this summer.

Global overall temperatures last month were 1.52C above historical averages, marking the hottest May on record, according to the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Agency. During the month, even death temperatures were observed from one end of the world to the other end.

Climate change is exacerbating the effects of extreme weather events, with the global average temperature over the past 12 months 1.63C above pre-industrial levels, well above the 1.5C threshold that scientists say threatens life on the planet.

“It’s shocking, but not surprising, that we’ve reached this 12-month streak,” said Copernicus director Carlo Buontempo. He added: “We live in unprecedented times, but we also have an unprecedented ability to monitor the climate, which can help inform our actions.”

The Northern Hemisphere is gearing up for another extreme summer after the last one.

Southwestern US states are experiencing their first major heatwave this week, with temperatures expected to exceed 40C and warmer days later in the month.

High temperatures in Europe also mean wildfire danger is extreme in Greece and Spain, with risks extending to the French Riviera.

India has soared above 50C in the past month, with nearly 100 deaths reported in recent days in one of the country’s worst-hit regions.

Britain has broken the record for the hottest May of 2008, with average temperatures set to rise in June.

Damage costs more than prevention

According to a study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany, where monthly temperatures approach 2 degrees Celsius, rising temperatures could potentially reduce global GDP by 17% by 2050, amounting to US$38 trillion annually.

“The world’s population is poorer without climate change,” PIK climate data researcher Leonie Wenz, one of the study’s authors, told Reuters, adding that climate protection policies cost the global economy far less than the planet. is left to its own devices.

The report estimates that measures to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures by 2050 would cost $6 trillion, or 1/6 of the potential damage.

PIK researchers looked at temperature and precipitation data from more than 1,600 regions over the past 40 years and examined which events had the highest costs. They then used this data and climate model projections to estimate future damage.

May marked the 12th consecutive month of record temperatures on Earth, and more heat waves are expected this summer.

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