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By Gavin Schmidt

Gavin Schmidt is Director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), Principal for the GISS ModelE Earth System Model, and climate scientist at Columbia University's Earth Institute. Schmidt is the author of numerous publications, including the book Climate Change: Picturing the Science, with co-author Josh Wolfe. He is also a contributing editor to

Data from NASA shows this July is the hottest on record. Gavin Schmidt – Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which is responsible for temperature measures – tells The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder that this is part of a long-term warming trend, and the implications for U.S. national security include infrastructure loss and mass global migration.

The Cipher Brief: NASA just released data showing this July has been the hottest month on record. Can you go over the main points of that data and explain how you collect that information?

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