Alarming weather stories recently support the calls for climate change in Australia to be tackled as a national emergency, both in terms of mitigation (reducing carbon emissions) and adaptation.
Close to home there’s the drought, that farmers in NSW and Qld are calling the worst drought in living memory:
Heatwaves have hit Europe and firefighters have battled blazes from Greece to Sweden:
California is again fighting wildfires:
Japan has endured both flooding and heat waves:
In Laos, a major dam broke and ‘continuous rainstorms’ were cited as the cause:
Temperature records are being broken around the world:
‘In Quriyat, Oman, temperatures did not drop below 42.6 C for an entire 24-hour period, the highest “minimum” temperature ever recorded on Earth. On July 5, a weather station in the Algerian Sahara noted a temperature of 51.3 C, the highest ever reached in Africa. The next day, Los Angeles recorded its own high of 43.9 C’. (Source)
Sadly in all these places there are devastating impacts on people and nature and enormous costs for infrastructure and business.