2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 marked four consecutive years of record heat for planet Earth. Will 2018 break records again?
From normally cool Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East to Southern California, hot weather records are being broken this July. Denver hit 40.6°C. In Quebec, at least 54 people died from extreme heat conditions.
Even the Arctic Ocean coast in northern Siberia temperatures saw temperatures soaring to 32°C degrees. That’s 4.4°C degrees above normal!
Meanwhile, Africa witnessed the hottest temperature ever reliably measured on Earth when Ouargla, Algeria hit 51.3°C degrees.
While no single temperature can be attributed to global warming, collectively these heat records are consistent with the kind of extremes we expect to see in a warming world.
That’s why Earth Day Network is doubling-down on its commitment to help cut carbon emissions and demand that our leaders support binding global climate change agreements now before it’s too late. Everything we do — from planting trees to cleaning up plastic pollution to protecting endangered animal habitats — aims to keep our climate stable and stave off the impacts of climate change.
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The summer of extreme heat keeps going, with record-breaking heat waves this July throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
Japan recorded their highest ever temperature this week — 41°C degrees — in a three week heat wave that’s killed at least 44 people. South and North Korea have set heat records at 40°C.
Europe is gripped by a massive high-pressure ridge that’s spread dry heat and smashed temperature records, fueling wildfires in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Britain and all the way to the Arctic circle.
In Greece, wildfires occur annually, but this year drought and record temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit have made 2018 the deadliest fire season with over 80 people killed this week, dozens more missing and entire towns gone up in flames.
In the US, Death Valley hit 41°C degrees on 24 July 2018. In Dallas-Fort Worth four consecutive days saw record highs, hitting 42°C or almost 43°C each day. And deadly heat is spreading from California, Arizona and New Mexico into the Rockies where short hikes have turned deadly even for health young people in their 20s.
It’s these types of heat waves that scientists have been warning about as a consequence of a planet heated by greenhouse gas emissions.
“The impacts of climate change are no longer subtle,” Michael Mann, a climate scientist and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University told CNN. “We are seeing them play out in real time in the form of unprecedented heat waves, floods, droughts and wildfires. And we’ve seen them all this summer,” he said.
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