Sen. Sanders Says July Was Hottest Month in Earth’s History

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) asserted in a tweet that last month was the hottest “in the history of the planet,” which he said should motivate people to do all they can to address climate change. While Sanders’s claim is false, it hasn’t received pushback in the media, which two commentators suggest may partly be the result of a general ignorance about the Earth’s temperature record. On Aug. 13, soon after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that July was “Earth’s hottest on record,” Sanders wrote in a tweet: “July was the hottest month in recorded history. I will say that again — we just experienced the hottest month EVER in the history of the planet.” In response to a request for comment, a spokesperson for Sanders sent articles from The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Washington Post, and National Public Radio that covered NOAA’s announcement. The …

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