Record heat wrecking havoc all over the world.
And 2018 is shaping up to be the hottest on record.
Scientists say – expect more.
There is little doubt that the ratcheting up of global greenhouse gases makes heat waves more frequent and more intense.
Elena Manaenkova, deputy head of the World Meteorological Organization, says this year was “shaping up to be one of the hottest years on record.”
And the extreme heat recorded so far was not surprising in light of climate change.
“This is not a future scenario,” she says. “It is happening now.”
Record heat wrecking havoc.
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, says Dr. Jennifer Francis, research professor in Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University.
Francis has been studying Arctic climate her entire career.
She has written 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 in British Columbia wildfires are on a ferocious tear.
And given the extreme temperatures scientists are looking at a phenomenon previously unthought of.
Some cities are recording temperatures with 50 degrees Fahrenheit.