July Hottest on Record

Data recently released by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show this July as being the hottest on record. A combination of temperatures recorded from both land and sea averaged 16.61 degrees Celsius, the highest ever in the last 135 years, according to NOAA records.

In fact, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the warmest years on record as well. After the first seven months of the year global temperatures have reached 0.85 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average.

While some places around the world, especially Australia, saw uncharacteristically cold weather throughout July, continuing warming trends and the presence of an El Nino year were more than enough to keep temperatures rising.

This news comes after President Obama announced his Clean Power Plan, under which the US will attempt to reduce its CO2 emissions by more than 30 percent, based on the 2005 level, in the next 15 years.

Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders has been particularly outspoken on the issue of climate change, arguing that drastic and immediate measures must be taken to avoid potentially catastrophic events caused by worsening weather conditions.