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This July is the Hottest Month in Roughly 120,000 Years

The impacts are obvious as global temperatures surge

July isn't over, but it's already clear that it will be the hottest month for the planet since record-keeping began—and likely the hottest in around 120,000 years.

"It's certain at this point, already, that we are in absolutely new record territory," Karsten Haustein, a climate scientist at Leipzig University, said at a press briefing on July 26.

The month was between 1.3 and 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than the average July before the Industrial Revolution, Haustein said, the point when humans started rapidly filling the air with greenhouse gases. The world is now hotter than it has been since the Eemian period, when hippos lived in what is now England.

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