You have probably noticed how hotter it’s been this year than others. Well, it seems that way at least. People and animals everywhere are doing what they can to stay cool in the scorching summer heat. And although this topic may be contentious for many, it’s something that cannot be ignored by anyone these days. Our climate is changing around us faster than predicted. From more frequent and extreme storms to unprecedented heatwaves, we’re feeling the impacts of human-caused global warming. The icebergs are melting, various locations are experiencing greater flooding, wildfires are happening more frequently- the list is endless.
To document what’s happening, an international team of weather and climate experts known as the “World Weather Attribution” project has analyzed the late June heatwave in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and come to a preliminary conclusion that the event was a roughly 1-in-1,000-year event in today’s climate. And although extreme heat might not seem as dramatic as hurricanes or floods, the National Weather Service has deemed it the deadliest weather phenomenon in the US over the past 30 years, on average.
The new report also makes clear that the warming we’ve experienced to date has made changes to many of our planetary support systems that are irreversible on timescales of centuries to millennia. The oceans will continue to warm and become more acidic. Mountain and polar glaciers will continue melting for decades or centuries.
For this reason, people are sharing pics of the unfortunate consequences of summer heatwaves. Check out the gallery below!