Last month was the hottest June since 1880, both in Europe and around the world, according to separate data released on Tuesday by the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service. In Europe the temperature was 3C above the June average a century ago, and globally it was more than 1C higher.
There have been more than 230 attribution studies to date around the world and these have found that 95% of heatwaves were made more likely or worse by climate change. For droughts, 65% were definitely affected climate change, while the figure for floods was 57%.
“We knew June was hot in Europe, but [the Copernicus data for June] show that temperature records haven’t just been broken – they have been obliterated,” said Prof Hannah Cloke, of the University of Reading. “It is the hottest June on record in Europe by a country mile. As heatwaves become more common, we will have to change the way we live to cope with them.”
Unsurprisingly a primary effect of human caused global warming is ….. heat. It is interesting to see some other unexpected results of global warming. For example: Charles Ray, an entomologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, confirmed a wasp colony “super nest” — one that survives into a second year. He estimated that there were probably 15,000 to 18,000 wasps in a nest he examined in southern Alabama.
Warmer winters contribute to these nests, Mr. Ray said. Most yellow jackets don’t survive the cold months because they freeze to death or have trouble finding food. They need a fair amount of sugar and carbohydrates, he said