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The world is on fire. Here are five climate change wake-up calls from this summer. 04 Sep 2018 09:14 #10060

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The world is on fire. Here are five climate change wake-up calls from this summer.
SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2018
Our planet is suffering - but together we can make a difference

For many across the northern hemisphere, the summer of 2018 has exposed the most extreme signs of climate change. Yet despite the series of powerful heatwaves, wildfires and droughts, this is likely only the (melting) tip of the iceberg. After this summer of fire, it’s time to wake up on climate change.

1: Wildfires
On 15 August, British Columbia declared a state of emergency as over 560 wildfires blazed throughout the Canadian province. Over the past five months, wildfires have charred almost one million hectares of British Columbian land. This makes 2018 the second-worst wildfire season in the province’s history – beaten only by 2017. With record-breaking wildfire seasons coming back-to-back, summers of fire are becoming the new norm for British Columbians.

On 17 August, NASA showed that smoke was visible to a satellite roughly 1 million miles from the wildfires:

‘Beautiful British Columbia’, as the province’s car number plates read, is still on fire.

Wildfires also raged through a village resort in Greece in July, killing 91 people.

2: Heatwaves
On the other side of mainland Canada, a heatwave in Quebec left over 90 people dead in just over a week. Many of those who died were elderly and suffered from chronic illnesses, exposing the mounting issue of heat inequality.

The extreme temperatures in Quebec were matched across North America and Europe. In Chino, Los Angeles, temperatures reached close to 120F (48C). Those fortunate enough to own air conditioners caused a power shortage due to overuse.

On 15 July, after days of extreme heat, much of Europe’s landscape had turned brown – a stark contrast to the images of a green Europe taken the year prior:

Read in full Here;
www.thecanary.co/discovery/analysis-discovery/2018/09/03/the-world-is-on-fire-here-are-five-climate-change-wake-up-calls-from-this-summer/
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