18.06.19 Deadly Record-Breaking Global Heat Waves.
The deadly heat waves, floods and fires occurring from Japan to the Middle East, and North America to Europe have clear links to human-caused climate change, according to climate scientists, and this summer's abnormal weather is just the beginning of what's in store for us in coming years. An unprecedented global heatwave has shattered records in nearly every corner of the planet. Death Valley set a new record. Cities in the Middle East have seen record hot days. There were days in India where it was so hot outside that conditions were nearly unlivable for human beings. Hundreds of people have died from heatstroke worldwide this summer. Temperatures have risen about 1.1°C (or about 2 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. Virtually the entire scientific community has concluded that Earth's temperature is climbing considerably faster than it did prior to the industrial era, and that greenhouses gases generated by human activities are the principal cause. Heat kills more people annually than any other weather-related hazard. As temperatures rise, heatwaves will continue to last longer, be more frequent and be more intense. Increased heat also contributes to other major climate harms. It can increase both drought and heavy downpours, or in some places even both, in a feast-or-famine rain pattern. Heavier downpours increase the risk of flooding. Warmer and drier conditions result in larger and more damaging wildfires. It makes hurricanes more damaging. Credit: THE YEARS PROJECT
Poverty deprives people of adequate education, health care and of life's most basic necessities- safe living conditions (including clean air and clean drinking water) and an adequate food supply. The developed (industrialized) countries today account for roughly 20 percent of the world's population but control about 80 percent of the world's wealth.
Poverty and pollution seem to operate in a vicious cycle that, so far, has been hard to break. Even in the developed nations, the gap between the rich and the poor is evident in their respective social and environmental conditions.