As I write, combat aircraft are being sent from the EU to Greece. Their mission is to help tackle the wildfires raging across the country, especially in the greater Athens area. The words #Heatwaves and #Climate emergency are currently trending on Twitter.
The data does not lie. Climate scientists are deeply concerned about rocketing sea and air temperatures, occurring even before a predicted El Nino event in the Pacific, which normally fuels temperatures even further.
In a year when climate records – from floods, fire and drought – are being shattered daily like shards of glass, there is one country that beats them all: China. The country is experiencing a heatwave like no other.
A peer reviewed paper, published today in Nature Communications, examines the global decarbonisation scenarios produced by BP, Shell and Equinor and finds they are incompatible with the climate objectives of the Paris Agreement.
A draft report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states: “The worst is yet to come, affecting our children’s and grandchildren’s lives much more than our own.” It reiterates that we have to act now to avoid runaway climate change.
As I write, the Western parts of the U.S. are already suffering from record heat, and forecasts for an additional heatwave in the U.S. Pacific Northwest suggest all-time heat records could be broken across the region over the weekend.
From a climate perspective, Trump’s presidency was a disaster. The world burned on Trump’s watch
The warning could not be more stark. As the world warms, we face a “climate apartheid,” where the rich “escape overheating, hunger, and conflict” in an increasingly small geographical area, whilst the rest of us are “left to suffer.”
When Californian Governor Jerry Brown announced wide ranging water restrictions for California last week, the news went global.
If the Governor were to be truly serious about protecting Californians struggling with the drought, he would put a halt to fracking in the state immediately.