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By Anders Lorenzen
While much of Europe and the US is sweltering in warm summer weather, data out from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) states that June was, on a global average, the hottest June ever recorded since temperature records first started 130 years ago. This surpassed the previous high which was set in 1998.
This follows a current warming trend as May was also the warmest month on record and as many countries experienced an above-normal warm winter, speculation now has arisen that 2014 could be the warmest year on record.
Nine of the 10 warmest Junes on record have occurred in the 21st century, including each of the past five years. Other than February, each month of 2014, so far, has ranked in the four warmest of each respective month, according to NOAA.
Parts of southeast Asia, eastern and central Africa, northern South America and southern Greenland experienced record June warmth. On the other end of the spectrum, cooler-than-average June temperatures were observed in parts of Alaska, the northern Rockies, western Russia and the Baltic countries.
The upward warming trend is bad news for farmers, National Parks and in general the public. Recent heat records in many parts of Australia and the US have seen an increase in forest fires and droughts which will impact seed yields and thereby food prices. The news comes just after the Australian government decided to repeal their carbon tax, the only system the country had in place to lower their CO2 emissions, which are among the highest per capita in the world. Climate scientists are saying that Australia are one of the regions that will feel the impacts of climate change most severely.
Meanwhile stats from California, US confirms that the state, which has suffered from ongoing droughts, wildfires and water shortages for the last three years, has had the warmest winter and spring on record this year.
California which is the most populous state in the US, is set to receive short-term drought relief in the Central and Southern Plains. But despite this, long term drought conditions will remain.
Sub edited by Charlotte Paton