Earth Records with Its Hottest Temperatures Ever

In July 2023, Earth recorded record breaking temperatures.   

Greetings! As I continue talking about climate change and the sobering news that goes along with it, within the last couple of weeks our planet has recorded its hottest temperatures yet! Cities around the world are also breaking July heat records. The entire globe is sizzling.

“Global air temperatures have continued climbing, making July 6 the hottest day Earth has experienced since at least 1979 and very likely before that,” experts said.

According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service“Though global average temperatures dipped during the second week of July, they have remained above the highest temperatures ever recorded before this year. The first two weeks of July were very likely the warmest two-week period on record.”

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA],“Last month was also the warmest June since at least 1850.” 

“The extreme heat and record temperatures are driven by the continued emissions of heat-trapping gases, mainly from the burning of fossil fuels, and in part by the return of El Niño, a cyclical weather pattern that tends to be associated with warmer years globally.”

“Earth has warmed roughly 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the 19th century and will continue to grow hotter until humans essentially stop burning oil, gas and coal, and halt deforestation, scientists say. The warmer temperatures help make periods of extreme heat more frequent and more intense and exacerbate other extreme weather events like persistent drought, wildfires and torrential rain and flooding.”

“Because these numbers represent worldwide averages, parts of the globe felt the exceptional bouts of heat more forcefully.”

Scientists at the University of Maine explained, “A warmer-than-usual winter across parts of Antarctica contributed to the elevated global temperatures, and many parts of the world sweltered in summer heat, too.”

“In the United States, the heat has been particularly brutal in the South and Southwest. The highest recorded temperature here in the United States was 122 degrees Fahrenheit at Death Valley in California,” according to the National Weather Service“Phoenix, for the first time since 1974, hit 19 consecutive days in which temperatures reached 110 degrees or more.”

Elsewhere, central and southern Italy and parts of Spain “sweltered under temperatures that spiked well into the triple digits. At Persian Gulf International Airport on Iran’s southwestern coast, the heat index, which measures how hot it feels by taking into account temperature and humidity, reached a life-threatening 152 degrees Fahrenheit.”

Here’s an Excellent Way to Talk to Kids with “Soft Facts” about Climate Change

One awesome tool for talking to kids about climate change is to read my fourth installment in the award-winning Kobee Manatee® Children’s Educational Picture Book series. It’s titled, Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole HazardIt contains “soft facts” about climate change and plastic pollution in our oceans.

Kobee Manatee Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard – (Lexile Measure:790L)

When you read this award-winning educational picture book to children, it’s a fun and fictional adventure loaded with weaved in “soft facts” on climate change and plastic pollution. This quickly helps children learn about this serious subject in a fun and entertaining way. Here’s a brief synopsis …

Kobee Manatee, the protagonist and his seafaring pals, Tess the seahorse and Pablo the hermit crab swim from the Cayman Islands to Belize. Kobee wants to help his cousin Quinn clean up plastic litter at her new, all-veggie underwater bistro called Quinn’s Seagrass Café.

On their Caribbean journey they encounter harmful effects of climate change and plastic pollution. As if that wasn’t enough, several other unforeseen problems occur with a distressed loggerhead turtle, a giant Portuguese man-of-war, and a venomous scorpionfish. They’re all amazed when they discover the extraordinary Great Blue Hole. Then their adventure takes another crazy turn when Pablo plunges into its huge abyss!

Each page includes in-depth, scientific details on climate change and plastic pollution in our oceans with Dr. Tracy FanaraNOAA Research Scientist (aka Inspector Planet). Tracy can be seen on The Weather Channel as a visiting expert and she’s also seen on their “Weird Earth” segments.

We have Fantastic Reviews on this New Release!

“I read the book to my 6-year-old this morning while he was having his breakfast before school and he loved it! We talked about the characters, what it meant for the pollution to be in the oceans for all the sea creatures, and how fun the story was. Thank you so much for writing such a great story for kids that is not only entertaining, but has a message!” – Jessica Vilchis, Co-Host KNBC California Live

“A well-crafted, thoughtful, and well-illustrated addition to a noteworthy educational book series.” Kirkus Reviews

“Robert Scott Thayer presents an important environmental message in an engaging story with wonderful characters. Anyone who loves the ocean and wants to help save it should read Kobee Manatee: Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard. I’m looking forward to the next Kobee Manatee adventure.”   Readers’ Favorite

For young readers who enjoy imaginative tales surrounding affable and heroic sea creatures, as well as parents and/or teachers looking for a way to introduce youngsters to the importance of marine conservation, Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard offers a perfect blend. Highly recommended– Chanticleer Book Reviews

Keep watching for more of my updates on climate change!

If you see any sick or injured manatees, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-3922 (FWCC). They are the folks who are responsible for rescuing us in Florida.

Here’s the Save the Manatee Club link to learn more about us manatees …

Here’s a cool link for you to learn more about how we’re rescued and brought into rehabilitation …

~ Robert Scott Thayer

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