Climate change: July was world’s hottest month ever recorded

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Class created on 15/08/2021


The weather changes over a long period of time.

Headline vocabulary

VocabularyMeaning
HeadlineThis is the title to the story. It is written in large letters at the top of the page to introduce you to the article.
ArticleThis is the story in the newspaper or a piece of writing.
Climate changeClimate change is the change in weather patterns over a long period of time. This can be changes such as lower or higher temperatures or even more or less rainfall in certain regions [Places] around the world.

Pronunciation

0.93C / 15.8C                            Degree Celsius


Main article vocabulary

VocabularyMeaning
Extreme heatThis means that the temperature is much hotter than normal. It is so hot that it can be very dangerous. You can also say ‘extreme weather‘ which means very bad weather. Far worse than normal.
Sparked wildfiresIf somethings sparked something, it started it or caused it. So, the extreme heat started or caused the wildfires around the world.

Wildfires sparked by the extreme heat

VocabularyMeaning
Fossil fuelsThese are natural fuels, such as oil, natural gas and coal, that come from the Earth. They are from plants and animal remains.
Oil
Natural gas
Coal

VocabularyMeaning
Greenhouse gassesThese are gasses released by fossil fuels such as carbon dioxide (CO2).
Trap the sun’s energyThe CO2 gas released by the fossil fuels can keep the sun’s heat from escaping which results in hotter temperatures around the world.

VocabularyMeaning
To avert a climate catastropheTo avert means to avoid / prevent something, to try and stop something from happening. Climate refers to the weather. Catastrophe means something very bad has happened. So, to avert a climate catastrophe means to stop something very bad from happening to the climate [weather].
No room for excusesThis means that no more excuses can be given for not doing something. It has to be done now! Stop talking, just do it.
What is the impact?What is the effect on something, or what affects can it have on something?
TransformThis means to change something.
UninhabitableThis means that a place cannot be lived in. It is unsuitable to live in.

Downpours: Heavy rain
Heatwave: It will be very hot for a long period of time
Storms: Thunder & Lightning

VocabularyMeaning
More FrequentMore often than before.
Carbon footprintYour carbon footprint is how you effect climate change. What activities do you do which effect the climate? It is the individual’s impact on climate change. So, your carbon footprint is the effect that you have on the climate.

Main Article

July was the world’s hottest month! The data shows that the temperature was 0.93C above the average of 15.8C. It is the highest temperature since it was first recorded142 years ago.

The Extreme heat has sparked wildfires around Europe and America.

Some people believe that it is natural and will happen anyway. Although scientists agree, they also say that people are having a far bigger effect on climate change than before.

The world is about 1.2C warmer than before people started using oil, gas and coal to power factories, transport and heat homes.

The greenhouse gases released by burning fossil fuels trap the Sun’s energy, causing temperatures to rise.

Many believe that if we join together, we can avert a climate catastrophe. They also stated that there is no time for delay and no room for excuses.

What is the impact?

Climate change will transform the way we live and could even make parts of the world uninhabitable because of rising sea levels.

It is also believed that extreme weather such as downpours, heatwaves and storms, will become more frequent.

It is believed that if we all reduce our Carbon footprint, it will have a positive affect and reduce the effect of climate change.



Every cloud has a silver lining

To be optimistic (stay positive) and hope that something good can come out of a bad situation.

‘Every cloud has a silver lining so never give up and let’s reduce our carbon footprint.’