UK struggles against record-breaking heat, infrastructure failures and wildfires as temperatures soar due to climate change
Extreme heat saw Britain swelter as the mercury hit 40.3 degrees celsius in England’s north – the hottest temperature ever recorded in the United Kingdom.
Heathrow Airport and St James’s Park in central London weren’t far behind, hitting 40.2 degrees.
The London Fire Brigade declared an emergency incident.
As it battled baking heat and fires sparking across multiple locations in and out of the national capital.
Professor Stephen Belcher, the Met Office’s chief scientist said that the extreme heat was due to climate change.
“If we continue under a high emissions scenario we could see temperatures like these every three years”prof stephen belcher, chief scientist, uk met office
Thousands of people in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the north-east were left without power after transmission equipment overheated.
Many train services were cancelled as the steel rails buckled under the heat, and overhead wires sagged.
Schools closed early – or even refused to open.
The supreme court moved hearings online.
And the British Museum closed at 3pm – earlier than normal because of the unprecedented heat.
‘Orgy of destruction’ – A stark climate warning
Humanity has become ‘weapon of mass extinction’ according to UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres
At the biodiversity COP15 conference in Montreal, Canada Guterres opened the meet with a brutal reality.
Guterres called for an end to destruction of nature saying our “land, water and air are poisoned by chemicals and pesticides, and choked with plastics.”
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also took to the stand to urge countries to protect their precious land and waters.
The leader also took the opportunity to announce Canada’s $350m biodiversity finance fund.
Why ‘zombie viruses’ could be the next biggest public threat
A new report reveals the world will see an increase in so-called ‘zombie viruses’ that are emerging beneath us
A new report by scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research has revealed the global threat of ‘zombie viruses.’ As climate change continues to take effect, the earth is undeniably getter hotter.
Global warming essentially means significant areas of permafrost are now melting. Permafrost is a frozen layer on or under the Earth’s surface, holding beneath it millions of ‘zombie viruses’ not seen in millions of years.
The now melting permafrost means it is lifting the veil on potentially dangerous microbes that human kind isn’t prepared for.
In Siberia, the scientists uncovered a ‘zombie virus’ which they believe is 50,000 years old. This would be the oldest age of a frozen virus returning to life and able to infect.
Researchers are concerned about the global health impact if the earth continues to warm at its current rate.
Australia warned to brace for more extreme weather events
From wild floods, to raging fires. Australia has experienced it all
And that’s not changing anytime soon.
The country is getting warmer and residents are being warned to prepare for the worst.
From an increasing number of extreme heat days to flash flooding, wild bushfires and rising sea levels – the Bureau of Meteorology says we need to buckle up and brace for impact.
This comes as the New South Wales flood crisis is ranked as the most expensive natural disaster in Australia’s history.
$5.5 billion worth of insurance claims have been lodged right across the state and now residents as residents are being told their policies won’t be renewed.
So is there anything we can do and is there any hope for our environment?
Meanwhile, say goodbye to those cloudy skies – Weatherzone predicts Australia will flip from the current wet La Nina weather system to its hot and dry cousin, El Nino next year.
If this is true, residents can expect a long period of warm conditions, including reduced rainfall, warmer temperatures and less tropical cyclones.
So how likely is this prediction?
But don’t celebrate just yet.
While the weather system means more days to lie by the pool, spare a thought for those living amongst the trees.
As the risk of severe wildfires skyrockets.
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