extreme heatwaves

people take shelter under umbrellas during a heatwave in moscow

Northern hemisphere’s extreme heatwave in 2018 ‘impossible’ without climate change

Scientists are “virtually certain” that the three-month event – which saw temperature records broken from Belfast to Montreal and wildfires in places such as the Arctic circle, Greece and California – could not have happened in a world without human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

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Sweden’s reindeer at risk of starvation after summer drought

Indigenous Sami herders urge state to help mitigate impact of climate change in Arctic circle — Sweden’s indigenous Sami reindeer herders are demanding state aid to help them cope with the impact of this summer’s unprecedented drought and wildfires, saying their future is at risk as global warming changes the environment in the far north. …

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Deaths rose 650 above average during UK heatwave – with older people most at risk

Exclusive: data shows spike in deaths coinciding with high temperatures, with frail, older people with kidney or heart problems most vulnerable — Nearly 700 more deaths than average were recorded during the 15-day peak of the heatwave in June and July in England and Wales, according to official statistics. Experts said that an increase in …

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Unsurvivable heatwaves could strike heart of China by end of century

The most populous region of the biggest polluter on Earth – China’s northern plain – will become uninhabitable in places if climate change is not curbed — The deadliest place on the planet for extreme future heatwaves will be the north China plain, one of the most densely populated regions in the world and the …

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Heatwave made more than twice as likely by climate change, scientists find

Fingerprints of global warming clear, they say, after comparing northern Europe’s scorching summer with records and computer models — The heatwave searing northern Europe was made more than twice as likely by climate change, according to a rapid assessment by scientists. The result is preliminary but they say the signal of climate change is “unambiguous”. …

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Climate change made 2018 European heatwave up to ‘five times’ more likely

A rapid assessment by scientists of the ongoing heatwave across northern Europe this summer has found that human-caused climate change made it as much as five times more likely to have occurred — The preliminary analysis, by a team of scientists at the World Weather Attribution network, uses data from seven weather stations in Ireland, …

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reduced water levels as a result of the heatwave

The Guardian view on the heatwave: our climate is endangered

Adapting to hotter temperatures is sensible – but ignoring their causes is dangerous — The NHS is experiencing a “summer crisis”, with increased emergency admissions and uncomfortable conditions in buildings not equipped for the heat, while the Met Office has warned that the UK temperature record of 38.5°C could be broken on Friday. Authorities in …

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UK ‘woefully unprepared’ for deadly heatwaves, warn MPs

MPs criticise failure to ensure homes, hospitals, schools and transport can deal with extreme heat — The UK is “woefully unprepared” for deadly heatwaves, according to a cross-party committee of MPs, with the government ignoring warnings from its official climate change adviser. https://youtu.be/Avhh6jBU5bc   One in five homes dangerously overheats during heatwaves today, the MPs …

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Media reaction: The 2018 summer heatwaves and climate change

This year’s northern-hemisphere summer has seen a succession of heatwaves take hold in Europe, Asia, North America and northern Africa — From heatwave deaths in Japan, Algeria and Canada, to wildfires in Sweden, Greece and California, the extended spells of hot, dry weather have become frontpage news around the world.   Carbon Brief looks back …

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