In a stark warning, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, declared that the era of global warming has officially ended and the world has entered into an unprecedented “era of global boiling.” His statement came in response to the confirmation by scientists that July is on track to become the hottest month ever recorded.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the EU’s Copernicus Earth observation program reported that the past three weeks have seen an alarming surge in global temperatures, breaking all previous records. The soaring temperatures have been primarily attributed to the relentless burning of fossil fuels, exacerbating the devastating impacts of climate change and giving rise to extreme weather events.
Guterres expressed deep concern and highlighted the urgency of immediate climate action to mitigate the worst effects of the crisis. “Climate change is no longer a distant threat; it is here, it is terrifying, and it is just the beginning,” he said. The Secretary-General stressed that there is still hope to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, but achieving this goal requires drastic and immediate measures on a global scale.
Scientists worldwide have been warning about the escalating climate crisis for decades, and the recent surge in temperatures only reinforces the need for bold and collective action. Climate change has already triggered numerous natural disasters, including wildfires, heatwaves, and hurricanes, impacting millions of lives and causing extensive damage to ecosystems and infrastructure.
The urgent call for climate action goes beyond national borders, as all countries must unite in their efforts to combat the escalating crisis. Transitioning to renewable energy sources, implementing sustainable practices, and adopting stringent environmental policies are among the crucial steps needed to curb global warming and its devastating consequences.
The ramifications of climate change are felt across the world, affecting vulnerable communities and exacerbating existing inequalities. Governments, businesses, and individuals must come together to address the crisis and protect the future of our planet.