August’s Severe Heatwaves: A Global Concern

Afaf Fahchouch
Afaf Fahchouch
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”Extreme Heatwaves to Continue in Many Parts of the World During August”, This is the prediction made by a consultant at the World Meteorological Organization after the past few weeks witnessed record-breaking temperatures.

The organization expects temperatures to exceed 40 degrees Celsius in North America, Asia, North Africa, and the Mediterranean for several days this week, exacerbating the ongoing heatwave.

John Niren, the organization’s senior advisor on extreme heat, stated to Reuters, ”We need to expect, or at least prepare for, the continuation of severe heatwaves throughout August.” Southern Europe is experiencing an unprecedented heatwave during the peak of the summer tourism season, leading authorities to warn about increased health risks and even fatalities.

The high temperatures have disrupted the lives of millions of Americans, and the Middle East is also facing elevated temperatures. Niren highlighted that climate change means an increase in the frequency and recurrence of heatwaves across seasons.

Some countries, including the 27 members of the European Union, hope that all nations will agree to gradually eliminate fossil fuel consumption, a major contributor to climate change, in the upcoming United Nations climate talks later this year.

However, this idea faces opposition from oil and gas-rich countries. Niren said, ”If we get rid of fossil fuels, we will reduce a major factor contributing to what we are experiencing now.” He added, ”We cannot change the situation quickly, but we can certainly take action.”

Afaf Al Fahchouch

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