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It’s not just the U.S. experiencing dangerous climate change-fueled heatwaves this week. Eastern Europe and Siberia are also experiencing temperatures that residents and infrastructure aren’t prepared to endure.
This month, Moscow temperatures hit around 95 F, highs the city hasn’t experienced since 1901.
Other capitals across the region like Kyiv, Budapest, and Sofia have been sweating through highs the cities are poorly equipped to handle — air conditioning wasn’t necessary without human-induced global warming.
Extreme heat like this is now expected twice a decade as temperatures continue to rise. This particular weather pattern is linked to the same jet stream variation causing drought and heat in the U.S.
Yup, It’s Climate Change: Climate change makes heatwaves longer, more frequent, and more intense. As Nikos Christidis, a senior scientist at the Met Office in the U.K., told Bloomberg: “The frequency of this kind of extremely hot summers is increasing because of the influence of humans in the planet’s climate. How much and how severe the impacts are going to be depends on the levels of adaptation in each particular country.”
Even the Arctic is Hot: This June, temperatures in the Arctic Circle were close to 90. The Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the world, in part because its sea ice is melting. This year, the Laptev Sea ice coverage is at its lowest recorded extent, which measures an area in the ocean where there is some ice. (The overall area of sea ice is also at record lows.)
The ice itself is thinning faster than expected because the old maps most science relied on were based on the assumption of thick ice that’s remained frozen for multiple years covered by snow build-up. The models are decades old, and much of the multi-year ice has now melted. “Thinner ice breaks more easily, melts faster in the summer and allows more sunlight to reach the water below,” Scientific American wrote earlier this month. “It may accelerate Arctic warming and cause ice extent to shrink even faster. It may make shipping and oil drilling easier, but ice fishing and hunting more difficult, particularly for Indigenous communities.”
It was well known that the Tokyo Olympics would be very hot, but it’s now shaping up to be the hottest games in history, and athletes are paying the price. Athletes have had to be routinely treated for heat exhaustion. A Russian tennis star said he could “die” in the suffocating heat and humidity and a […]
The United Arab Emirates has developed a new solution to mitigate heatwaves and drought. Cloud-zapping drones could be the key to manufacturing rainfall, and testing has already begun. Previous methods of cloud-seeding using salt flares have raised questions about environmental safety, but this new method doesn’t use chemicals. Instead, it zaps clouds with electricity, triggering rain production. Cloud-seeding has been employed in the […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer After over a week of sudden natural disasters across the globe, at least 33 people have now died in catastrophic floods in central China. The Henan province is currently facing millions of dollars of damage, and 200,000 evacuees are looking for an end to the nightmare. As the army mobilizes to prevent further flooding, […]
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