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‘This summer doesn’t belong in Scandinavia’: your stories of heat around the world

From Hawaii to the Netherlands and France to South Korea readers have shared their reactions to recent record temperatures — In mid-July last year, Haythem Ayari, a 23-year-old engineering student in Nabeul, coastal Tunisia, caught a bus to travel the 10km to university. The vehicle, already overloaded with passengers, was caught in gridlocked traffic and …

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What would a heat-proof city look like

Cities are already up to 10°C hotter than surrounding areas. As temperatures rise, here are four ways to cool cities down – saving both lives and energy — If you’ve felt uncomfortably hot in a city this summer, chances are it’s not just because of the weather. Look around any urban centre and you’ll see …

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bushfire close to homes in in wattle grove, sydney

Sydney’s bushfire season starts in winter: ‘We may have to rethink how we live’

Hotter, drier summers in Australia mean longer fire seasons – and urban sprawl into bushland is putting more people at risk — At first the smoke on the horizon “didn’t look like anything major,” says Joe Mercieca of that day in 2013. But then the wind picked up. His house in the Blue Mountains, an …

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