Did you fry in July? It “was Earth’s hottest month on record” according to a report from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 13 August 2021. Similar alarmist headlines were also published on ScienceDaily 13 August 2021, BBC News and ABC News 14 August 2021, and Science Alert 16 August 2021 (and numerous other news media).

Links: ABC, BBC, NOAA, Science Alert, ScienceDaily

Editorial Comment: If you just read these headlines you would think the entire planet roasted in the hottest month ever in earth’s history. However, checking details in the stories behind the headlines, you find Asia may have had its hottest July, but other parts of the world were not record breakers at all. Australia is listed as having its fourth warmest July. We would remind our northern hemisphere readers that July is the depths of winter in Australia, and this editor (Diane) felt it was the coldest winter in decades where she lives in Canberra. July was the sixth warmest in New Zealand and the tenth warmest is South America. There are even some places, including parts of USA, Canada, southern Africa and south-eastern Pacific Ocean that were cooler than normal.

The other question we must ask NOAA is: when did the records start? The answer is even in the article – 142 years ago. So, they are only reporting how hot it has been since 1880. History goes back long before then. Furthermore, we have no doubt those who wrote this report believe in evolution and the earth is billions of years old, so what does checking the evolutionary timetable discover? A recent article in Popular Science 16 August 2021 reported; “There was a time when alligators slid through weed-choked swamps near the North Pole. Some 55 million years ago … the average global temperature sat more than 20°F higher than it does today. Subtropical forests spread to northern latitudes, and mammals thrived in lush new habitats”. They label this the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum.

Even though we don’t believe in the 55 million years, there is plenty of fossil evidence that the world once had a more uniformly warm climate, and polar regions supported lush vegetation and many animals, including dinosaurs. This is no surprise to us since Genesis tells us the original created world was “very good”. There would have been no uninhabitable places filled with snow and ice where nothing grows, and animals can only live by killing other animals. Sadly, this world has only followed as the result of human sin and God’s judgement. Ever since Noah’s Flood parts of the world have been subjected to periods of extreme heat and cold, but God is still in control, and it is to Him we should look for provision and protection.

Creation Research News 26 August 2021

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