Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has announced the opening of the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip and has said that he will keep it open through the month of Ramadan, which ends June 14.
This marks the longest period of time that the border will have been open since 2013.
President el-Sisi’s decision comes only days after dozens were killed and thousands injured by Israeli forces Monday during the opening ceremony of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.
The last time the Earth experienced a cooler-than-average month was back in 1984.
April 2018 marked the planet’s 400th consecutive month with above-average temperatures according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“We live in and share a world that is unequivocally, appreciably and consequentially warmer than just a few decades ago, and our world continues to warm. Speeding by a ‘400’ sign only underscores that, but it does not prove anything new.” – NOAA climate scientist Deke Arndt
Last April was apparently the third-warmest April on record, and was felt most by those living in Europe and Australia, which each experienced their warmest and second-warmest April’s, respectively.
The warmest temperature of all, however, may have been recorded in Nawabshah, Pakistan, which reached 122.4 degrees on April 30.
All in all, this is the fifth-warmest start to the calendar year so far.
The Earth also surpassed another alarming milestone in April when the atmosphere reached its highest level of CO2 contamination at 410 parts per million — the highest level in at least 800,000 years.
A lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club under the Freedom of Information Act has resulted in the release of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emails that detail numerous meetings between former EPA senior counsel Samantha Dravis and the organizations she was supposed to regulate.
Between March 2017 and January of this year, Dravis attended more than 90 scheduled meetings with officials and representatives from agricultural interests, auto makers, energy and manufacturing companies, trade associations, and other industry groups she was tasked with regulating.
In the same time-span she scheduled only one meeting with a representative from an environmental or public health organization.