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The world suffers from extreme heatwaves as summer kicks in

By Seo Yu-min | 기사입력 2022/06/29 [15:37]

The world suffers from extreme heatwaves as summer kicks in

By Seo Yu-min | 입력 : 2022/06/29 [15:37]

At least 2,000 cows dead in Kansas, US (top left), extreme weather in Germany (top right), wildfires across Southern Europe (bottom left), melting icebergs.



As countries enter summer season this year, many are experiencing serious signs of climate change. In the United States, it is predicted that an enormous heat dome will be formed, leaving many to suffer in extremely high temperatures.

 

A heat dome is a term from meteorology and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce it refers to the occurrence of the atmosphere trapping hot ocean air like a lid or cap.  On June 23rd, several states reached over 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius. The National Weather Service reported that at least nine high temperature marks were set or broken and held nearly 30 million Americans under a form of heat advisory. 

 

The Midwest, South and coastal regions of the nation all experienced grueling hot weathers with only the Northeast spared from the sweltering conditions. The unrelenting heat left its footprint on livestock as well as 2,000 cattle were reported dead in Kansas last week. Some experts are concerned that rising temperatures may cause running a livestock business to be even harder with many farmers already grappling with the raised costs of food for their animals due to the Russo-Ukrainian War.

 

The troubles caused by extreme heatwaves were found in other parts of the world as well. In many western European countries, abnormally hot temperature has led to forest fires. In Spain, wildfires across the nation have destroyed huge plots of trees. In France, during military training, the firing of an artillery shell ignited fire that spread to approximately 200 hectares of vegetation. Due to the sweltering weather, hundreds of French people were seen scrambling for outdoor aquatic leisure parks and seaside resorts as temperatures hit over 40 degrees Celsius. Some Parisians were even seen bathing in city fountains as the River Seine was closed for swimming. Matthieu Sorel, a climatologist at Meteor France described the current climate as “the earliest heat wave ever recorded in France” since 1947.

 

Even the coldest areas on earth were exceptionally hot this year. In March, climate scientists were alarmed to find “unprecedented” heatwaves at the two poles of Earth. In Antarctica, temperatures were hovering 40 degrees Celsius above the average and in the north pole 30 degrees Celsius beyond regular temperatures around this time of the year. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change explained that such unprecedented global warming phenomena could lead to rapid changes like polar melt that will be irreparable.

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