25 July 2019   Leave a comment

The heat wave in Europe continues and records are being shattered. Paris recorded a temperature of 42.6C (108.7F) and Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium also set records. Railroad tracks are shifting because of the heat and transportation networks have been disrupted. These are the highest temperatures ever recorded. Many European scientists are convinced that these temperatures are the result of climate change caused by human activity.

” A Met Office study found that a heatwave like one that broke records last year was 30 times more likely to occur than in 1750, because of the high amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Since the pre-industrial period the Earth’s surface temperature has risen by 1 degree Celsius.

“’There is a 40-50% chance that this will be the warmest July on record. This heatwave is exactly in line with climate change predictions,’ said Dr Karsten Haustein at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford.

“Peter Inness, senior research fellow at the University of Reading, said: ‘The fact that so many recent years have had very high summer temperatures both globally and across Europe is very much in line with what we expect from man-made global warming.’”

The Europeans have been strong supporters of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but few major countries have joined their efforts. The US is a major laggard.

A Sign in the London Underground

Posted July 25, 2019 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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