UK’s extreme heatwave would have been ‘virtually impossible’ without climate change

#1
C C Offline
https://www.theverge.com/2022/7/29/23283...tion-study

INTRO: Climate change made the record-smashing heatwave in the UK last week at least 10 times more likely, new research has found. The analysis was published yesterday by the World Weather Attribution initiative, a collaboration of scientists from universities and research institutes around the globe.

“In a climate unaffected by human-induced climate change, it would be virtually impossible for temperatures in the UK to reach 40°C but climate change is already making UK heatwaves more frequent, intense and long-lasting,” Mark McCarthy, science manager of the National Climate Information Centre, said in a Met Office press release.

The Met Office declared, for the first time, a “Red” heat warning for “exceptional heat” in parts of England for July 18th and 19th. And the Health Security Agency issued its highest alert for heat health, saying “illness and death may occur among the fit and healthy, and not just in high-risk groups.”

Temperatures reached a scorching 40.3 degrees Celsius on July 19th in Coningsby, Lincolnshire, about 225km (140 miles) north of London, setting a new record. The UK’s previous temperature record of 38.7 degrees Celsius was set in 2019 — and that was either met or broken at 46 different weather stations throughout the UK last week.

The heat was devastating for communities accustomed to much milder temperatures. Last week’s oppressive heat mangled infrastructure — buckling train tracks, roads, and an airport runway. The fire service in London responded to more fires in a day than it had since World War II as hot, dry conditions set the stage for blazes. Authorities are still taking stock of heat-related deaths, but one early analysis estimates that 948 people may have died as a result of the heat in England and Wales from July 17th to 19th... (MORE -- details)
Reply


Possibly Related Threads…
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  A technologically advanced society is choosing to destroy itself (climate change) C C 0 58 Nov 7, 2022 08:52 PM
Last Post: C C
  Very few actually have climate anxiety C C 8 139 Oct 10, 2022 04:08 AM
Last Post: RainbowUnicorn
  Supreme Court cripples the US government's power to fight climate change C C 2 57 Jul 1, 2022 11:23 PM
Last Post: Syne
  La Nina keeps defying climate models + ‘Flash droughts’ are next big climate threat C C 0 22 May 30, 2022 03:18 PM
Last Post: C C
  Jordan Peterson, climate change, and the many definitions of a scientific model C C 0 20 May 3, 2022 05:54 PM
Last Post: C C
  Climate Change doomsayers creating mental health issues in kids C C 0 17 Apr 23, 2022 06:29 PM
Last Post: C C
  NASA on the Texas wildfires + Baby boomers are the new climate change villains C C 0 14 Mar 26, 2022 09:19 PM
Last Post: C C
  How climate change is leading to bigger hailstones + Suprisingly stable carbon intake C C 0 22 Mar 16, 2022 05:16 PM
Last Post: C C
  Likelihood of extreme autumn fire weather has increased 40% for Western U.S. C C 0 17 Feb 25, 2022 10:05 PM
Last Post: C C
  Extreme storms unleashed scorpion plague in Egypt, hundreds stung C C 1 37 Nov 16, 2021 08:44 PM
Last Post: Magical Realist



Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)