In India, summers mean sunshine for agriculture and more outgoing days. But the sweltering heat these days indicate something else. The changing dynamics of climate worldwide manifest the burden that humanity is now forced to live under. But mother nature knows many ways to keep itself going for sure.
The rising temperatures, bushfires and other heatwave excesses show that nature is trying to say something to all of us. But are we even listening?
Canada is burning. In South Asia, India too is experiencing unprecedented heatwaves everywhere. Since June 25, 2021, at least 486 sudden deaths have been recorded in the British Columbia province of Canada.
This is owing to the high temperatures of nearly 50C (122F). In the US too, the ongoing heatwave has led to several problems on highways, the heat has already melted power lines, houses and even, roads.
Scientists have named it ‘heat dome.’ It happens when high pressure traps the heat on earth. This heat dome is being blamed for these high temperatures.
Climate change is being felt across the world, including Nuwaiseeb in Kuwait, Vancouver in Canada, Portland in the US, Pakistan’s Jacobabad, Delhi, Iran’s Omidiyeh and several others in the Middle East.
On July 1, Delhi had recorded a maximum temperature of 43.1 degrees Celsius. This is the highest in July since 2012.
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Earth baked in Jacobabad in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Temperatures reached 52 degrees Celsius (126 F) on July 1.
On June 29, Lytton which is a small town about 200km from Vancouver, hit 49.6C. This sets a national record for the highest temperature ever recorded across Canada.
The city of Portland also hit an all-time high of 46.6C. This broke the previous high of 41.6C (107F), first set in 1965. The Kuwaiti city of Nuwaiseeb on June 22 recorded the highest temperature in the world so far this year at 53.2C.
In Iraq also, temperatures soared to 51.6C on July 1, 2021. Many other countries in the Middle East, including the UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia recorded temperatures higher than 50C in June.
As per the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization temperatures on the Antarctic Peninsula have risen by almost 3C over the past 50 years.
Scientists believe that the last seven years have been the warmest seven years on record. And if we are to take any lessons from it, we should speed up our collective efforts to save the planet earth.
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