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A new analysis indicates that climate change would have made heat waves in the United States and Europe "virtually impossible."

As the Northern Hemisphere continues to blaze, a new study published on Tuesday finds that human-caused climate crises greatly increased the likelihood of extreme heat waves across three continents this month.

According to a fast attribution analysis conducted by the World Weather Attribution initiative, the “heat hell” that has been sweltering areas of the United States and southern Europe would have been “virtually impossible” without climate change, while climate change has made China’s heat wave at least 50 times more likely.

The World Weather Attribution (WWA), a group of international scientists who evaluate the impact of climate change on extreme weather events, spent a week analyzing the deadly heat waves that swept the Northern Hemisphere in July, causing crop and livestock losses, sparking wildfires, aggravating water stress, and taking the lives of people on three continents.

This month, the temperature in Death Valley hit 128 degrees Fahrenheit (53.3 degrees Celsius), and Phoenix set a record with 25 days above 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43.3 degrees Celsius).

Earlier this month, China recorded its hottest ever temperature over the entire country at 52.2 degrees Celsius (126 degrees Fahrenheit). Parts of Spain and Italy surpassed local records as temperatures in Europe approached the continent’s all-time high of 48.8 degrees Celsius (119.8 Fahrenheit).

The WWA team compared the current global climate, which is about 1.2 degrees Celsius warmer than the pre-industrial era, by comparing current conditions to those of the past, we can estimate how much the climate crisis increased the likelihood and severity of this July’s record-breaking heat.

According to Friederike Otto, a senior lecturer in climate science at Imperial College London’s Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, “the role of climate change is absolutely overwhelming.”

Otto told reporters on Monday that these types of scorching heat waves would be exceedingly rare if people hadn’t warmed the world by using oil, coal, and gas. However, she argued that they are no longer exceptional because of the widespread use of fossil fuels around the world.

According to the findings of the investigation, extreme heat waves like the ones that the globe is currently experiencing are predicted to occur once every 15 years in the United States, Mexico, Southern Europe, China, every five years, and every ten years. These heat waves are a result of the current climate.

The researchers discovered that heat waves are both more frequent and more intense as a result of climate change.

According to the report, global warming pollution made the heat wave in Europe 2.5 degrees Celsius hotter, the heat wave in North America 2 degrees Celsius hotter, and the heat wave in China 1 degree Celsius hotter.

Things can even get worse. The paper claims that extreme heat waves will occur every two to five years if the global average temperature rises by 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

If we don’t drastically reduce our use of fossil fuels, “this could well be what will be a cool summer in the future,” Otto warned.

A developing El Nio, a natural climate pattern with a warming impact, likely contributed to the slight temperature increase, the scientists said, but global warming due to the combustion of fossil fuels was the main cause of the extreme heatwaves.

It’s hardly shocking that this attribution study came to this conclusion. Due to continued fossil fuel use, global warming has continued, and heatwaves have become more severe. ”It really is that easy,” Otto remarked.

However, she stressed that the study did not prove that “runaway warming” or “climate collapse” were occurring.

There is still time to ensure a safe and healthy future, but we must immediately cease using fossil fuels and instead put those resources toward reducing our susceptibility. Tens of thousands of people will continue to die every year due to heat-related causes unless we take action.

One of the deadliest forms of natural disaster is a heat wave. According to a recent study, more than 61,000 individuals in Europe died from heat-related causes during last year’s record-breaking heat wave.

Since March, more than a hundred people have died in Mexico as a result of the heat, and countries from the United States to Italy have recorded sharp increases in hospital admissions as people try to cool off.

The report authors stressed the urgency of reducing pollution levels that contribute to global warming. They also urged nations and municipalities to get ready for the extreme heat that the climate catastrophe has already locked in by adapting health, urban planning, and energy systems and speeding up the rollout of heat action plans.

Professor of climate science at the University of Reading in the UK, Richard Allan, who was not involved in the study, noted that heat wave location and timing were governed by erratic weather patterns.

“But climate change is making heat waves that used to be mild become the worst in the league. Furthermore, climate change is turning heat waves that would have been at the top of the league’s extremes into occurrences that would not have been feasible in a climate free of the warming impacts of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels.”

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