Killer heat: Climate change in action

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This year’s record heat in Europe and the US follows record temperatures last year too.

This week the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) issued a report, entitled, Killer Heat, which predicted that “The United States is facing a potentially staggering expansion of dangerous heat over the coming decades.”

Responding to the report, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, Professor Michael Mann, said: “What we describe as a record heat-wave, in a few decades we will simply call that summer.”

The US and Europe are not the only places suffering for extreme heat. Our climate crisis is also happening in the Asia and the Arctic.  

Although the heatwave has been bad news for Europe, it is terrible and potentially devastating news for the Arctic. As the Washington Post notes, the heat dome “could dramatically speed up the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet and enhance the loss of already record-low sea ice.”

The heatwave in the North finally and rightly making the headlines, but it is the poor in the south who suffer too. And mostly they will suffer in silence.

[Green News]

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