Heatwaves and extreme weather conditions have intensified in various parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, and the United States. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has warned of the heightened risk of deaths associated with excessively high temperatures.
John Kerry, the U.S. special envoy for climate change, emphasized that the simultaneous heatwaves affecting multiple regions serve as a stark reminder of the global crisis posed by climate change. Kerry emphasized that human activities, particularly the emission of heat-trapping gases resulting from the burning of fossil fuels, are the primary drivers of this crisis. The WMO further projected that the ongoing heatwave in the northern hemisphere is expected to intensify.
In the United States, a medley of extreme weather events is unfolding, ranging from scorching heat in Texas and Southern California to smoke-filled air reaching the Midwest from Canadian wildfires. Phoenix, Arizona, has experienced its 19th consecutive day with daily highs exceeding 43 degrees Celsius, breaking its previous record of 18 days. The European Union’s emergency response coordination center has issued red alerts for high temperatures in several regions, including Italy, northeastern Spain, Croatia, Serbia, southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro.
In response to the escalating heatwave, Italy’s health ministry has issued red weather alerts for 20 out of the country’s 27 main cities, with the number expected to rise to 23 today. The severity and widespread nature of the heatwaves and extreme weather events highlight the urgent need for proactive measures to address climate change and its detrimental impacts on human health, the environment, and global ecosystems.