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In climate terms, July 2019 could be the month that changed everything

In 2067, when my son is my age, will he look back at this month as the start of serious action to tackle global heating—or as just another signpost on the road to hothouse hell?

By Bill McGuire  

Pedestrians use umbrella and fans to hide from Europe's heatwave. Photo: PA

Flip-flopping between blistering heat-waves and biblical downpours, July 2019 was a month to forget for many. But it will be one that climate scientists will long remember as marking an especially ominous hike in climate breakdown caused by global heating.

The tally of extreme weather events for the month just goes on and on: high temperature records smashed across  the UK and western Europe; unprecedented summer frosts in Germany; Siberia on fire; 90°F temperatures in Alaska; 650 lives…

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