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World's record-breaking temperature streak extends through April

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By Kate Abnett

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El Nino is supposedly finished now, which would lead you to believe we wont be experiencing such unbearable temperatures this year. Im not gona get my hopes up.

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"At what point do we declare we've lost the battle to keep temperatures below 1.5? My personal opinion is we've already lost that battle," she said.

Well, there are still plenty who deny it all. Like the Brexiteers, they won the battle; things can only get better now, except for the small problem of the evidence, which shows it all getting worse as a result of their win. Their only recourse is to double down on denial of evidence or keep up the fight against the unbelievers or reactionaries. Ideally, we all believe things are just dandy, despite the evidence, in a huge fit of self-delusion. Then they can finally feel satisfied.

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C3S' dataset goes back to 1940, which the scientists cross-checked with other data to confirm that last month was the hottest April since the pre-industrial period.

What's the world average temp in the 1940s?

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It is still very chilly and cold in the UK and has been for months.

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It is still very chilly and cold in the UK and has been for months.

Convenient that. Im sure people in India would have a rather different pov.

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It is still very chilly and cold in the UK and has been for months.

While you make a presumably factually correct statement, so what? The article is not about the weather in the UK this year but about average global temperatures.

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very cool here today,nothing special or extraordinary...

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Including April, the world's average temperature was the highest on record for a 12-month period - 1.61 degrees Celsius above the average in the 1850-1900 pre-industrial period.

More empirical and undeniable evidence of global warming.

Prepare for the predictable "But...but...I'm still wearing a jumper...therefore it can't be true! ... What would these scientists know?" type comments.

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As if we humans are the crown of genesis and development. lol There's a universe, a galaxy, our sun, our planet and its conditions and climate. We as living creatures are already the very rare and extreme outliers here, while almost everything else in the whole universe is a big vacuum of nothing and a bit of dead matter like stars and planets. I tell you something, we don't have any influence on all this. No, we should be simply extraordinarily happy that we even and still exist and luckily have already developed a few technologies to survive and to more or less abide to the usually very deadly conditions, allowing us to be still a little while within our very narrow biologically given parameters and limits. To think we would have any chances or influence beyond of that is completely irrational. We just don't set the standards, limits or speed here. The universe and the planet set them.

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I tell you something, we don't have any influence on all this.

Virtually all science disagrees with you.

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Translation: too long, didn't read.

To think we would have any chances or influence beyond of that is completely irrational. We just don't set the standards, limits or speed here. The universe and the planet set them.

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El Nino is supposedly finished now, which would lead you to believe we wont be experiencing such unbearable temperatures this year. Im not gona get my hopes up.

Whether it is warmer or cooler during a La Nina depends on where in the world you are. Asia will probably see greater rainfall during a La Nina. The southwestern US is typically drier and hotter during a La Nina.

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The UK and Australia have both had droughts followed by lots of rain. In the UK, if you weren't flooded, the rain was welcome, restoring groundwater levels and topped up reservoirs. It caused sewage problems as the privatised utilities had spent too little on infrastructure, giving too much to shareholders. This is why we need better infrastructure to deal with water. It is a precious, if sometimes dangerous resource.

El Nino is not as regular as is sometimes made out. Sometimes it can stick around for longer and it can create a spiral of extreme temperatures. A bit like gently swirling water in a glass - the water develops momentum. Human climate change just adds to it.

It's likely we are experiencing more than one climate change phenomenon at the same time. The natural world is adapting as best it can, but humanity is not. It is arrogantly assuming that we can slow climate change by reducing emissions, but there is a limit to how much and how fast we can viably reduce those emissions, and we have no control at all ove El Nino.

We need to do much more to develop infrastructural resilience - the built environment, transport links and supply chains. And we need to work together more, especially moving food, labour and resources around. If we tribalise and hide behind our national borders, we will all likely perish. Because climate change ignores borders.

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