Record breaking temperatures are causing havoc all over the world.
The summer of 2018 is shaping up to be the hottest on record.
And scientists are saying expect more.
And there is little doubt that the ratcheting up of global greenhouse gases makes heat waves more frequent and more intense.
Most of the victims lived alone, had health issues and did not have access to air conditioning, David Kaiser, a physician at Montreal’s public health department, told Reuters.
Elena Manaenkova, deputy head of the World Meteorological Organization, said this year was “shaping up to be one of the hottest years on record” and that the extreme heat recorded so far was not surprising in light of climate change.
“This is not a future scenario,” she said. “It is happening now.”
If we want to understand what’s driving this heat wave — and if we should expect more of the same — we need to look northward, according to Dr. Jennifer Francis, research professor in Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University.
Francis has been studying Arctic climate her entire career, and has authored and co-authored dozens of articles in peer-reviewed publications on the subject since the 1990s.
“The basic story is that because the Arctic is warming so much faster than everywhere else, it’s having an effect on mid-latitude weather.
“We can’t finger point directly at the Arctic to say that this summer’s crazy weather is directly related to the rapid warming up there, but it certainly fits the story that we’ve been putting together over the last several years.”
And the record heat Canada is experiencing is still minor.