World sets hottest day on record two days in a row

My dad and I talk on the phone about once a week, and one of our standing topics is always the ocean and the surfing conditions. I grew up being in the ocean all the time–surfing and swimming–and I’ve experienced in real time how drastically the beach in my hometown has changed since I was about five years old (I’m 30 now). Dad’s noticed it too. Everything from swarms of stingrays, scores of Great Whites where they never used to go before, unusually warm waters, more frequent red tides and toxic algae blooms, marine mammals getting sick, and changes in the sandbars because of irregular weather–it’s unnerving as hell. A couple of months ago he told me, “I think it’s going to be an El Nino year.” We both knew what that meant. El Nino is a weather pattern from the tropical Pacific that makes the summers hotter, the water warmer, and the surf bigger (at least in California). The combination of an intense El Nino pattern with climate change has resulted in two of the hottest days on record–two days in a row. Climate scientists are spooked about this, to say the least.

Unprecedented heat breaks records: The Earth’s average temperature reached an all-time high on Monday, and then again on Tuesday, in what is shaping up to be a year of record-breaking heat. Monday’s global average temperature of 62.62 degrees Fahrenheit was exceeded Tuesday when it reached 62.92°F, according to the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute. Bill McGuire, professor emeritus of geophysical climate hazards at University College London, called the back-to-back records “totally unprecedented and terrifying.”

2023 is likely to be the warmest year on record because of Niño: This will almost certainly be the warmest year on record, courtesy of [the] warming trend + large El Niño,” tweeted Michael Mann, director of the Center for Science Sustainability and the Media at the University of Pennsylvania. “So we can expect [the] warmest month, warmest week, warmest day, and probably warmest hour.”

“This is not a milestone we should be celebrating,” climate scientist Friederike Otto of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Britain’s Imperial College London told Reuters. “It’s a death sentence for people and ecosystems.”

We know that fossil fuels are to blame: Climate scientists say the extreme heat we are experiencing is just the beginning of what is to come if greenhouse gas emissions — primarily the result of burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas — are not eliminated. “The increasing heating of our planet caused by fossil fuel use is not unexpected — it was predicted already in the 19th century, after all,” climate scientist Stefan Rahmstorf at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research in Germany told the Associated Press. “But it is dangerous for us humans and for the ecosystems we depend on. We need to stop it fast.

[From Yahoo]

It’s tempting to default to despair and “oh well, we’re all going to die.” But I refuse to believe that, because, to paraphrase the author John Green, despair isn’t very motivating. And we are not the only ones who matter here. The whales and the wolves, the bees and the buffalo, the elephant and the eagle–they are relying on us to advocate for them, because Earth is their home too. The extreme heat we are experiencing is frightening on an instinctual level. But discipline is soluble in fear. Let fear motivate you, let grief motivate you, but don’t get stuck in it. Remember who benefits from us believing that there’s no hope and there’s no point in trying to move away from fossil fuels because we’ve done too much damage already. It’s not future generations, our wild animal kin, or the vulnerable or sick. It’s those jokers at the oil companies trying to keep the gravy train going for as long as possible, no matter what world-ending destruction lays in wait for everyone else. That’s who benefits from our feelings of despair and helplessness. I say, don’t let them win.

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  1. Robyn says:

    Perfectly said. Thank you.

  2. seaflower says:


    • BothSidesNow says:

      Yes!! We can no longer pretend that Climate Change is not real or that we are not at a critical stage.

      We all must take a collective measure to each take our part in helping reverse the dangerous damages that have been perpetrated by our planet for centuries.

  3. ML says:

    There are things you can to individually to personally cause less global warming and help the earth. Plan your trips with the car so you can cut down on usage. If possible walk/ take the bike. Increase the amount of plant-based foods in your diet. Shop second hand. Share resources with your neighbors/ friends/ family. Think about how you use water and take shorter showers. Plant indigenous plants for your area and make sure they’re pollinator-friendly. Use reusable containers. Not all these things may be possible, but the more you adapt, the more you can help.

  4. Giddy says:

    Thank you for this. I live in central Texas and the heat has been awful. Put that together with water rationing caused by lack of rain, and the summers are definitely changing. Local rivers and lakes are down, and we pray daily that the electric grid holds.

  5. Sankay says:

    We need to do better. No mow May and less grass lawns should be the norm since lawnmowers are horrible for the environment. A/C needs advanced tech too so it’s not bad and at this point, with the heat so bad, I can’t give up my A/C.

    • Doppelgangers R'Us says:

      I realize not everyone can stop mowing, but if you have a small yard a non engine mower can work well.
      We however have a horse pasture, but have just started using a scythe to mow. Yes, there is a definite learning curve, but it is a good workout and can be done early mornings on damp grass. It really is badass to swing a 2 foot long blade that is razor sharp. Lol
      The small animals are easily seen and avoided with a scythe that could be harmed by a power mower.
      Being off grid can be very green, or just as wasteful as anyone else. Everything is a choice.

  6. HeyKay says:

    The weather is certainly changing. Heat, drought is serve here in MN. 3 year in a row of severe drought for my area.

  7. Twin Falls says:

    We live in a world where it was cheaper (not greener but cheaper won out) for a student in California to commute daily by commercial airplane than pay for housing near campus.
    Sorry, other life forms on earth but we humans have totally fucked things up for everyone.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Twin Falls, yes we have! And let’s not forget about our own SCOTUS that has stripped the EPA’s powers from them. An agency whose purpose is to protect and limit the damage of corporations, manufacturers as well as big oil and big coal companies. We can’t leave it to states to self regulate as many rely too heavily upon these dangerous chemicals and practices. On top of the fact that many refuse to acknowledge Climate Change.

      We also have to contend with many countries who refuse to change their daily lives for the better of the planet. And many that are outright greedy, soulless, and antiquated in their mindset and believe that they don’t have to follow the rules.

  8. Giddy says:

    I should have added this from the Texas Tribune:
    “In a week when parts of the state are getting triple-digit temperatures and weather officials urge Texans to stay cool and hydrated, Gov. Greg Abbott gave final approval to a law that will eliminate local rules mandating water breaks for construction workers.”

    Did you get that? Abbott vetoed mandating water breaks for not just construction workers, but those guys we see doing highway work, and any kind of physical labor. Voting had consequences.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Abbott the Abomination will always seek to deny and destroy any form of humanity against Texas residents as well as our ecosystems. Two weeks ago, a US Postal worker died in Dallas from heat stroke!! This man was 57yo and we still have not seen any action by DeJoy for this man’s unnecessary death. US Postal trucks don’t have a/c in them either!!

      Abbott supported Drumpf in destroying an established habitat for monarch butterflies for the sake of that god awful fence.

  9. Rnot says:

    Since it’s vacation season I’d like to remind everyone that mile for mile, flying is the most environmentally damaging way to travel. One single commercial flight can undo a whole year worth of carbon savings from driving an electric car. One single commercial flight spews more carbon than heating a home for an entire year.

    The global tourism industry emits more carbon than the global construction industry. It’s fun to mock the hypocrisy of celebrities but average people get all huffy if you point out that they’re also causing long-term damage to the planet for their own short-term pleasure. Stop flying for leisure travel if you care about reducing harm. Someday electric jets may make flying more sustainable but they’re not commercially available yet.

  10. Soapboxpudding says:

    It is discouraging AF. Thanks for the pep talk.

  11. Lydia says:

    Let’s all stop buying from large corporations that get items shipped in constantly from overseas. Truly focus on being local as much as possible. That will make a gigantic difference. Start walking the walk and not just talking the talk. No more online shopping. No more Amazon or Walmart.

    • Twin Falls says:

      On an individual level, this would make much more of an impact than say recycling your cardboard – 90% of which ends up in a landfill anyway.

  12. Birte says:

    Thanks for covering this. Let’s not forget that we should focus on the fossil
    fuel industry instead of our individual carbon footprint (which is an idea developed by the fossil fuel industry!).

    The IPCC reports are very clear about the fastest and most efficient (cost ans time-wise) ways to act against the climate crisis.

  13. Nicegirl says:

    ‘But discipline is soluble in fear’ 👏 👏 👏 🌍 💚

  14. Lucky Charm says:

    It was 90 here on Tuesday, and my uncle just scoffed at the “earth’s hottest day on record” and asked me how could 62 possibly be the hottest day when it was almost 30 degrees warmer here. I felt I was wasting my breath trying to explain it to him but I did try. He’s clearly related to my mother, she and my dad are Trumpers. SMDH….