Although the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season is far from over, it is already leaving a lethal legacy. Six days on from Hurricane Ian landing in Florida, the full extent of the deadly damage wrought by the monster storm is becoming more apparent by the day.
As I write, the UK has just experienced its hottest ever night. It has literally also just smashed the record for the hottest day ever.
The Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres, says we “seem trapped in a world where fossil fuel producers and financiers have humanity by the throat”. And Big Oil’s deadly stranglehold is having devastating consequences, from floods to heatwaves, as extreme weather grips many parts of the world.
After some of the most destructive flooding ever to hit South Africa last week, which resulted in over 400 killed and 40,000 displaced, climate activists are calling on the government to speed up the transition away from fossil fuels.
The deadly future that scientists warned us about is here. For years, climate scientists modeled how if we made the earth hotter, that heat had consequences. Unrelenting heat dries vegetation and makes it more likely to burn. It warms the oceans, increasing the fuel available for tropical cyclones.
Both the physical and socio-economic impacts of climate change are accelerating as record greenhouse gas concentrations drive temperatures towards increasingly dangerous levels, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) latest statement on the state of the global climate.
Yet again the Ministers and civil servants in charge of Britain’s climate and energy policy have shown their abject failure to show any concept of climate leadership or even joined up thinking.
As more and more Americans link extreme weather to climate change, its time the media did so too
The report “makes clear that we’re experiencing new weather, because we’ve made a new climate.”