July was the hottest month on Earth since scientists started taking records 136 years ago. NASA said that: "July 2016 was absolutely the hottest month since the instrumental records began." It beat the previous record, which was July 2011, by 0.11 degrees Celsius. Scientists say this is a big rise. NASA said July was the tenth straight month of record-breaking temperatures. The year 2016 could now become the hottest year on record.
The website gizmodo.com said July could be the hottest month since prehistoric times – the hottest in 125,000 years. A weather expert said: "It's a little alarming…that we're going through these records like nothing this year." The organization Climate Central reported that the record temperatures are because of fossil fuels and El Niño. However, an Australian politician recently said climate change was a conspiracy theory created by NASA.