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Extreme Heat Linked to Human Influence

Extreme Heat: Human Influence to Blame

The recent heat waves in Europe, China and the USA have left many people wondering whether they were naturally occuring phenomena or the result of human influence on the climate. According to a new report by the international research network World Weather Attribution (WWA), the answer is clear: these extreme temperatures wouldn’t have been possible without human interference.

Records Shattered and Devastation in Europe

Since June 10, more than 2,300 heat records have been set in the US, from Florida to California. In China, temperatures soared above 40°C in Beijing, experiencing its hottest summer in human memory. Southern Europe has also been affected, with devastating fires on the Greek archipelago being a result.

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The heat waves are described as extraordinary, with WWA’s report concluding that without human influence, similar events would have been extremely rare, if not impossible. The probability of the maximum temperatures that China experienced earlier this month would have been once every 250 years. The researchers can also state that all regions would have been significantly cooler if humans had not interfered with the climate. This has resulted in heat waves in southern Europe now being 2.5°C warmer on average, while those in the US/Mexico and China are 2°C and 1°C respectively warmer than they would otherwise have been.

An Ominous Future

The risk is now clear that similar heat waves will become increasingly common in the future, with temperatures even higher as a result. The study also highlights how human influence has caused extreme weather events to become more frequent. It is now up to us to take action and mitigate climate change before it is too late.

We must think about our lifestyle choices and how they affect our planet. Reducing our carbon footprint by choosing environmentally friendly transport and energy sources are just some of the changes we can make to help reduce global warming.

Conclusion

The study published by World Weather Attribution (WWA) shows how human influence has caused extreme weather events to become more frequent and intense – making heat waves such as those experienced this summer increasingly common and dangerous. It is now up to us to take action and mitigate climate change before it is too late. We must think about our lifestyle choices and how they affect our planet in order to reduce global warming and ensure a safer future for us all.

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