If any of us needed further evidence that our planet is rapidly warming, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today gave their update for September, stating in a tweet that “2019 ties with 2015 as the warmest September on record for the planet, with average global temperature at 1.71°F above average.”

According to NOAA, the month also capped off another warm year so far, with the globe experiencing its second-warmest January through September ever recorded.

There were other worrying events too:

  • North America had its warmest September since continental records began in 1910 at 3.10 degrees F (1.72 degrees C).
  • The Arctic sea ice coverage (extent) for September was the third lowest on record at 32.6% below the 1981–2010 average.
  • The Antarctic sea ice extent for September was 1.3% below the 1981-2010 average and the 13th-smallest September extent in the 41-year record.
  • Africa had its second warmest September ever recorded.

Responding to the report, the meteorologist Eric Holthaus tweeted:

Someone should tell our politicians that we live in a climate emergency, too.

Just hours after NOAA released the findings, it was announced that our climate crisis will not even be on the G7 agenda next June, which ironically is being held at the golf course of the climate denier in chief, Donald Trump.

Ethics watchdogs such the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics said the move by Trump to award the G7 meeting to his own resort was “unbelievable”

Its director, Noah Bookbinder, said: “Given the potential consequences the president is facing for abusing the presidency for his own gain, we would have thought he would steer clear of blatant corruption at least temporarily; instead he has doubled down on it. The president is now officially using the power of his office to help prop up his struggling golf business”.

To make matters even worse, according to Trump’s White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, climate change “will not be on the agenda at the summit.” He added that the summit would instead focus on “global growth and challenges to the global economy”.

Eric Holthaus responded to this with even greater fury:

It is hard to find the words to describe Trump’s actions. The greatest crisis of our time is set to be ignored by global leaders as our world warms, crashes, and burns. It is beyond contempt.

If the deniers in the Trump Administration don’t want climate change to be on the agenda next year, through our collective actions, we must make sure our voices and that of the climate is heard.