Heatwave sweeps half the world, thousands die from heat

US: Wildfires out of control near Yosemite

  Near Yosemite National Park, just over 1,000 kilometers away from British Columbia, the raging wildfires have been completely out of control, burning 18,000 acres (72 million square meters) of land, burning at least 41 buildings, threatening another 2,000 homes, and forcing 6,000 more Many people fled their homes in a hurry.
  The wildfire, known as the Oak Fire, was described by local officials as “explosive”. The rapidly spreading flames ignited extremely dry vegetation, and the fire quickly got out of control.

  The region was already experiencing a 22-year “megadrought”, the worst climate change in the region in more than 1,200 years. This major fire caused by internal and external disasters has become one of the worst disasters in the history of the region. More than 3,000 firefighters, 24 helicopters, 302 fire trucks and 82 bulldozers have been dispatched to the area. But as of press time, the fire control rate is still only 26%. Cal Fire said “persistent dry weather, extremely dry vegetation and dead trees are continuing to fuel the spread of the fire.”
  California has seen 23 wildfires so far this month, with the Oak Fire the largest, according to Cal Fire.
  The rapid growth of fires has also made evacuations more difficult, and local officials and law enforcement are doing their best to notify residents when they need to leave. But “the reality is that fires are spreading so fast that a lot of times people are running for their lives before they can even pack their bags,” said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jon Hedge.
  California Governor Gavin Newsom said: “This is a direct result of climate change, and we are now paying the price for 10 years of drought and climate change.”
  In fact, the intensification of wildfires is not only in western Canada and the western United States. Climate change is causing extreme heat and massive fires across the globe…
UK: Extreme heat 10 times more likely

  There have been nearly 500 fires in England and Wales so far this year alone, compared with 237 last year, according to the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC). The Met Office estimates that climate change has increased the likelihood of extreme heat in the UK by 10 times, with extreme heat and dry conditions being the main factor behind wildfires.
Spain: 360 die from heat

  The highest temperature in Spain has reached 45.7 ℃. The Spanish Meteorological Service issued a high temperature warning a few days ago, with the highest temperature in Aragon, Navarra and La Rioja in the north expected to be 42 ℃, and will remain “abnormally high” for the next week.
  So far, at least 360 people in Spain have died from the heat, according to the Carlos III Health Institute.

Portugal: 659 die from heat

  Temperatures in Portugal also exceeded 40°C. Portugal’s health ministry said 659 people had died in the heatwave in the past seven days, most of them elderly. The peak came last Thursday, when 440 people died. Temperatures were above 40°C in several areas at the time, and even more than 47°C at a weather station in the central Vizeu region of the country.
  About 1,000 firefighters are currently trying to control 13 forest and rural fires in central and northern Portugal, the largest of which occurred near the northern city of Chavez. As of the end of June this year, about 96 percent of mainland Portugal was already suffering from severe or extreme drought.
France: 14,000 people forced to evacuate due to fire

  In France, wildfires have now spread over 11,000 hectares (27,000 acres) in the southwestern region of the Gironde, and more than 14,000 people have been evacuated.
  Globally, wildfires are intensifying and becoming more common, according to a report by the United Nations Environment Programme. The report’s analysis found that by 2050, the number of extreme wildfire events will increase by 30%.
  A study published in June in the journal Environmental Research: Climate concluded that climate change is highly likely to make heat waves worse and worse.
  Over the past 3 months, a spate of extreme weather events across the globe — from sweltering heat waves to unusual downpours — have caused widespread unrest across the globe, killing thousands and displacing millions. Monsoon rains have sparked catastrophic flooding in Bangladesh and brutal heatwaves have swept parts of South Asia and Europe. Meanwhile, a prolonged drought has pushed millions of people in East Africa to the brink of famine.
  ”Almost all heatwaves globally are made more intense and more likely by climate change,” the study said.
  Overall, heatwaves are now three times as likely to occur as they would be without climate change — and in the The peak is reached when the temperature is about 1 degree Celsius higher. For example, the April heatwave sent temperatures in India and Pakistan climbing above 50°C, increasing the likelihood of climate change by a factor of 30, according to the WWA.
  And now heatwaves in the northern hemisphere – from Europe to the US, Canada – confirm “exactly what the paper shows…the frequency of heatwaves has increased a lot”. Humanity’s inexhaustible demands on nature have finally ushered in a rebound and revenge. So what will our lives be like in the next 5, 10, or even 100 years?