UN Warns about more frequent Heatwaves in the coming years.
According to the United Nations, heatwaves that are suffocating western Europe are getting more common. The trend is expected to continue at least into the 2060s.
According to the UN’s World Meteorological Organization, the present heatwave should serve as a wake-up call for nations that continue to release more carbon dioxide into the sky.
“They are happening more often, and this bad trend will persist… at least until the 2060s, regardless of how successful our efforts at climate mitigation are, “Petteri Taalas, the head of the WMO, said during a news conference in Geneva.
“Climate change has allowed us to smash records… Future heatwaves of this kind will become commonplace, and even more intense temperatures will be experienced “Added he.
“Emissions are still rising, so it’s unlikely that we’ll reach the peak in the 2060s if we can’t stop this development, particularly in the huge Asian nations that are the biggest polluters,” said the author.”
The WMO and the World Health Organization, a sister UN organization, held a joint news conference to discuss the severe heatwave affecting western Europe.
Before moving north and raising temperatures in Britain to a record-breaking 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), the heatwave fueled deadly wildfires.
“We anticipate the peak over France, the UK, and probably even Switzerland to occur today,” “Robert Stefanski, head of applied climate services at the WMO, stated.
“And the question that everyone has on their minds is: When will this be over? Unfortunately, based on the predictions, it may not be until the middle of the next week.”
Last year, Sicily in southern Italy smashed the record for the hottest day in Europe with a temperature of 48.8C.
“Our fear is that the gaps between these records are becoming shorter, “added Stefanski.
According to him, comparable temperatures were being achieved this year after Greece’s record high temperature, which had since 1977, was surpassed in 2021.
The 2003 European heatwave claimed more than 70,000 lives, according to Maria Neira, head of the WHO’s division for the environment, climate change, and health.
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