UN records hottest times on earth

With soaring temperatures in Europe and a balmy winter in southern Africa, last month was the hottest July that has been recorded in living memory, the UN said in a statement ahead of its Climate Action Summit coming up towards the end of September.

The past four years had also recorded the hottest periods since civilisation started measuring and monitoring the weather, it said.

One of the reasons for the radical rise in increased temperatures is a growing global population’s desire for more food.

Professor Jo House of the University of Bristol stated in a report compiled on behalf of the UN that climate change was a direct result of man’s expanding presence on earth, and that the way farming was conducted and soil prepared and used for cultivating certain crops ought to be urgently reassessed.

A researcher at Nasa’s Goddard Centre for space studies, Cynthia Rosenzweig, added that the rate at which the world was being deforested to make way for practices like cattle grazing, necessitated by an ever-growing hunger for fast food, ought to be urgently investigated.

She added that rising greenhouse gases could also have a negative effect on crops like grain, and that even if success was achieved in stemming the tide of deforestation for the sake of pasturing, limiting demand for meat might not necessarily be enough to save the planet from overheating.

Earlier this year UN secretary general António Guterres visited several low-lying areas, particularly islands in the Pacific, to highlight the impact of global warming and sea level rise.

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