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WMO report: Europe must prepare for deadlier heatwaves KXan 36 Daily News

Date: June 17, 2024 Time: 03:56:18

The State of Europe’s Climate 2022 report notes that the Old World has become the fastest warming continent in the world. Last year, temperatures in Europe were about 2.3 degrees Celsius higher than in pre-industrial times, according to AFP. Ongoing severe drought, record sea surface temperatures and unprecedented melting of glaciers are cited in the report as one of the key impacts of climate change. In Europe, high temperatures “exacerbated severe and widespread drought conditions, unleashed massive wildfires that burned the second-largest area on record and led to thousands of heat-related deaths,” WMO Secretary-General Petteri said. Taalas. .

The continent, which has been warming twice the global average since the 1980s, had its hottest summer on record last year, with countries including France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the UK experiencing their warmest year ever. registered. Since the mid-19th century, the world has warmed by an average of almost 1.2 degrees Celsius, triggering a devastating cascade of extreme weather events, including more intense heat waves, more severe droughts in some areas, and storms that have turned more ferocious due to rising sea levels

Experts pointed out that the world’s most vulnerable populations and the world’s poorest countries bear the brunt and have done little to increase temperature-causing fossil fuel emissions. But the effects are becoming more severe around the world, with particularly rapid warming in regions of the Northern Hemisphere and around the poles.

Temperatures on the continent rose 1.5 degrees over the 30 years from 1991 to 2021, according to the report. More than 16,000 people died outright in Europe last year, the report says, while floods and hurricanes accounted for the bulk of the $2 billion in damage from weather and extremes.

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