Doyle Rice USA TODAY Published 11:03 p.m. UTC Jul 31, 2018 The fierce July that saw monstrous wildfires, record heat and unprecedented flooding across the globe was fueled by man-made climate change, scientists said – and these extremes are likely to become a fact of life. "Overall, globally, what we’ve been seeing is exactly what has been predicted for decades," said Noah Diffenbaugh, a geoscientist at Stanford University. Climate change is "upping the odds that when these heat waves happen that they’re hotter and more severe." Record-breaking heat waves and extreme rainfall are likely to become more common because the buildup of greenhouse gases – such as carbon dioxide from the burning of coal, oil and gas – is altering the atmosphere, according to the British journal Nature. Warmer air contains more water vapor and stores more energy; the increasing temperatures can also change large-scale atmospheric … [Read more...] about Global heat, fires and floods: How much has climate change fueled this hellish July?
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THE planet is ablaze as it was gripped by a mammoth killer heatwave which has left hundreds dead. Across Europe, North America and Japan, searing heat and devastating wildfires have also left tens of thousands in hospital. Temperatures in baking Britain are set to hit 35C (95F) tomorrow. With no significant rain, one water company has even begged to be allowed to pump extra water from the Lake District to maintain supplies. The worldwide trail of extreme heat, death and destruction has seen at least 79 dead around the Greek capital Athens in the country’s worst wildfire in a decade. Temperatures of 106F (41C) in Japan killing 65, with more than 22,000 in hospital with heat stroke. Forest fires in Sweden and Norway which have left one dead and dozens injured. The heatwave hit cities across Canada and led to at least 70 deaths in Quebec province alone. Record-breaking temperatures in parts of southern California, including 120F (49C) in Chino, outside of Los Angeles. Reports … [Read more...] about Deadly wildfires and killer heatwaves are ripping through the planet from Athens and Sweden to Los Angeles and Japan
Story highlights Summer has brought record heat waves this month on four continents "The impacts of climate change are no longer subtle," one expert says (CNN)The summer of temperature extremes just keeps going, with record heat waves this month on all four continents that occupy the non-tropical Northern Hemisphere where it is now summer. On Monday, Japan recorded a temperature never before reached on the island nation since reliable records began in the 1800s. Kumagaya, a city only 40 miles from Tokyo, hit 41.1 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit) in the midst of a multiweek heat wave that has killed at least 44 people. The extreme temperatures are also affecting other countries in East Asia: South and North Korea have set heat records with temperatures climbing near 40 C (104 F). It is these types of heat waves that scientists have been warning would be a consequence of warming the planet through greenhouse gas emissions. Read More "The impacts of climate change … [Read more...] about Summer of extreme temperatures continues, to the beat of climate change
Last week, authorities in Sweden took an unusual step. They issued an appeal for international aid to help them tackle an epidemic of wildfires that has spread across the nation over the past few days. After months without rain, followed by weeks of soaring temperatures, the nation’s forests had become tinderboxes. The result was inevitable. Wildfires broke out and, by the end of last week, more than 50 forest blazes – a dozen inside the Arctic circle – had spread across Sweden. A nation famous for its cold and snow found itself unable to cope with the conflagrations taking place within its border and so made its appeal for international help, a request that has already been answered by Norway and Italy who have both sent airborne firefighting teams to help battle Sweden’s blazes. Nor is the nation’s fiery fate particularly unusual at present. Across much of the northern hemisphere, intense and prolonged heatwaves have triggered disruption and devastation … [Read more...] about The big heatwave: from Algeria to the Arctic. But what’s the cause?
"It's a matter of access, of waste, of consumption models that are unsustainable. Recommending a technology fix approach is certainly going in the wrong direction," Frison told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. HI-TECH SOLUTIONS James Rogers, CEO of Apeel Sciences, a California-based start-up company, agrees the planet is producing more than enough calories to feed everyone. But he believes technology can help resolve some key issues, particularly food waste. His company produces a plant-based coating that comes in powder form and, when applied with water, can double the shelf life of fruit and vegetables without refrigeration so farmers in remote areas can get them to market without spoilage. The coating is being tested on mangoes in Kenya and cassava in Nigeria, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Technology is also helping meet the growing demand for meat, without more emission-producing livestock. The ideas harken back to predictions former British Prime Minister … [Read more...] about Feeding the future: test tube trees, robots picking fruit and burgers made without cows