James Dyke, associate professor in earth system science at Exeter University, has been to Sidmouth several times over the years to talk about climate change.
Here he is writing in the weekend i-newspaper:
Is the extreme weather in Europe because of climate change? Yes, and here’s the evidence
Our route to safety is stopping burning coal, oil, and gas. Until then, we will continue our descent into the inferno
There are two factors that turn hot weather into a lethal heatwave. The first is temperature. Thermometers in Sicily could exceed the all-time European record of 48.8°C next week.
The second factor is how long temperatures stay high. People can tolerate periods of very high temperatures if they are able to avoid heat stress during peak heat and can cool down overnight. Cerberus threatens to persist for up to two weeks, during which there will be very hot days and nights. Recent research published in Nature Journal on the impacts of heatwaves in Europe last year concluded that over 61,000 people died from heat-related illness. To thousands of people, Cerberus will not just be uncomfortable or an inconvenience, it could be deadly.
The heat will seriously impact our lives here in the UK – and the Friends of the Earth look at how:
3 ways heat impacts our lives
All over the country we’ve been experiencing the impact of high temperatures. This extreme weather condition is yet another consequence of global heating.
Temperatures will reach such levels that “illness and death may occur among the fit and healthy and not just in high-risk groups”.
With such stifling weather, we look at just some of the ways heat impacts lives in the UK…
Something to look forward to: