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Canada is experiencing extreme weather events, suffering record-breaking heat

Climate change means more dangerous weather events, more often.

The small mountain village of Lytton, Canada, has exceeded its previous temperature record. The temperatures hit 49.6 degrees celsius, for three days straight. This is a new Canadian heat record.

The United States is also being impacted by extreme droughts and heatwaves. With the North West and North Central regions dealing with unprecedented weather events. The extreme temperatures in both Canada and the United States are breaking all of the worst-case climate scenario models.

Heat exceeds worst-case climate models

Johan Rockstrom is the Director at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact and is studying the rapid heating in the Arctic and the decline in sea ice. This is trapping high and low-pressure weather systems over certain areas, in the northern hemisphere.

This (heat dome/ jet stream) theory remains contested but the evidence continues to suggest the world is experiencing dangerous climate change.

“Scientists are finding more extreme and freakish weather events which means the old climate models need to be reconfigured and reconsidered.”

Scott Hamilton

High-pressure circulation in the atmosphere acts like a dome or cap, trapping heat at the surface and favoring the formation of a heatwave

What were once rare heatwaves are becoming more common. Michael Mann is the Director of the Earth System Science Centre at Pennsylvania State University and says climate change is to blame.

 “ We should take this event very seriously…there is something else going on with this heatwave.”

Michael Mann

Friederike Otto is the Associate Director at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. He says the unexpected and fierce heatwave in Lytton, is one of many to come.

“If the world does not rapidly eliminate the fossil fuel use and other greenhouse gas emissions like deforestation, global temperatures will continue to rise and deadly heatwaves such as these will become even more common.”

Friederike Otto

UN confirms record temperature in Antarctica 

The United Nations has recorded a new record high temperature for the Antarctic continent, confirming a reading of 18.3 degrees Celsius. The World Meteorological Organisation says this is another climate change wake-up call.

“Verification of this maximum temperature record is important because it helps us to build up a picture of the weather and climate in one of Earth’s final frontiers,”

“The Antarctic Peninsula is among the fastest-warming regions of the planet—almost 3C over the last 50 years.

“This new temperature record is therefore consistent with the climate change we are observing.”

The World Meteorological Organisation secretary-general Petteri Taalas 

IN OTHER NEWS:

UN RANKS AUS CLIMATE LAGGARD OF THE WORLD

UN Sustainable Development Goal report has revealed Australia came in last on its response to climate change, among more than 166 U.N. members. 

The ranking is based on four indicators: per capita emissions from fossil fuel combustion, per capita CO2 emissions embodied in imports, per capita CO2 emissions embodied in exports, and carbon pricing score.

On UN Sustainable Development Goal number 13, Climate Action, Australia ranks dead last out of 166 countries.”

Scott Hamilton

EXXON IN TROUBLE AGAIN

A recently leaked draft report written by some of the world’s top climate scientists has blamed disinformation and lobbying campaigns, for undermining Government efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This includes those done by Exxon Mobile. 

Last week, Exxon lobbyist Keith McCoy told Greenpeace UK activists, that the big oil company would “aggressively fight against some of the science,” including by using third-party “shadow groups.”

THE DAWN OF DOOM?

A gas pipeline leak in the Gulf of Mexico saw fire erupting to the water’s surface. Mexico’s state-owned oil company’s gas pipeline ruptured, sending huge flames boiling to the surface in the Gulf waters. Authorities dispatched fire control boats to pump more water over the flames. Pemex, as the company is known, says nobody was injured in the incident.
 
The company says it brought the gas leak under control about five hours later. However, the accident lit up the ocean with balls of flame boiling up from below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.

“This is not caused by climate change, it is what is causing climate change”

Scott Hamilton

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