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Historic heatwave in Europe

The French National Meteorological Service issued its highest-level red alert for the first time ever on the 27 June as temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius were forecast. In Germany, temperature reached levels not seen in more than 70 years.

The French alert, which was declared in four departments of the country and covered the cities of Marseille, Avignon, Montpelier and Nimes meant that schoolchildren were allowed to stay at home, while starting some types of cars was prohibited.

Older cars were also ordered to stop in Paris and many other cities, because the heat wave exacerbates air pollution. French authorities developed an action plan to be used in case of extremely hot weather after 2003, when a heat wave caused the death of 15 thousand people in the country (and 70 thousand in the whole of Europe).

According to data from the German Federal Meteorological Service (DWD), a new all-time record, 38.6 degrees Celsius was measured on 26 June in the town of Coschen in the east of the country, near the German–Polish border. The Service issued a heat wave alert for almost 80 percent of the country’s territory.

By the end of June, dry weather caused water shortages in several towns of the district of
Minden-Lübbecke in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, so municipalities requested the population to stop watering gardens, filling garden pools and washing their cars with drinking water.

People cooling off in the Trocadero Fountain in Paris on 25 June 2019. The French capital launched its level three heat wave action plan, thirteen parks were kept open through the night to allow people to cool down there Photo: MTI/AP/Thibault Camus

Source: MTI – Hungarian News Agency

Further information: Sky News

Record-breaking temperature in Alaska

According to official data, for the first time since measurements are recorded, temperature at Anchorage’s Ted Stevens International Airport has hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit, that is 32.2 degrees Celsius.

Climate change raising concern in Alaska

Climate change is sending increasingly alarming messages. For instance, sea ice in Northern Alaska disappeared earlier than usual this spring, which has impacted wildlife and fish, too. The early melting was caused by exceptionally warm ocean waters.

Almost a billion people are at significant climate-related risk

According to the Global Peace Index produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), headquartered in Australia, 971 million people around the world live in areas facing high or very high exposure to climate hazards.

Canadian permafrost begins to melt seventy years early

During an expedition, a team of researchers from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks found that the unusually hot summer has quickly softened the upper layers of the massive underground ice blocks, which had been frozen for thousands of years.

One-sixth of all marine life could perish by the end of the century due to climate change

Warming may reduce marine life by 17 percent. The world’s oceans could lose one-sixth of their fish and other marine life by the end of the century if climate change continues at the present rate – claim marine biologists.

Climate change could destroy mankind by 2050

We have known for a long time that global warming is jeopardising the future of humanity on planet Earth. However, a new study about the survival chances of the human species paints a bleaker picture than seen ever before: unless we do everything to avoid such a fate, we could be on the brink of extinction in 30 years.

Tourists flock to glaciers to see them before they disappear

Today, glaciers are in the public eye not only because their melting – along with the polar ice caps – plays a major role in the global rise of sea levels. According to tour operators in Alaska, climate change has resulted in increased interest in glaciers: many people would like to see them before most of them melt.

El Niño has not been this strong in centuries

Drought and forest fires, or on the contrary, massive storms and floods. The natural disasters caused by El Niño keep growing ever larger. The problem is already massive in Australia, Southeast Asia and America, but experts warn that the situation will get even worse in the future.

Southern Patagonia Ice Field split in two

The Southern Patagonia Ice Field which covers an area of 12 thousand square kilometres in Chile and Argentina, has split in two and is expected to fragment further as a result of climate change, Chilean researchers have warned.