Deadly heat waves and wildfires are spreading all around the globe — and scientists say they are a direct result of climate change.
President Trump has declared a state of emergency as California continues to fight 17+ wildfires across the state. And California’s fires are just several of the 89 total wildfires burning simultaneously across the Western U.S. Greece is also struggling with a wildfire, which has reportedly claimed 91 lives.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that at least 118 heat records have been either set or tied in the month of July. A mid-July heat wave even killed 65 people in Japan, and left 22,000 people hospitalized. The deadly heat and humidity also hit while Japan is trying to recover from its worst flooding and landslides in decades.
Climate scientists are normally hesitant to directly link human-made climate change and specific weather events. But several are now speaking out about how climate change is worsening environmental disasters.
“2018 is shaping up to be one of the hottest years on record, with new temperature records in many countries. This is no surprise.” explained World Meteorological Organization Deputy Secretary-General Elena Manaenkova. “The heatwaves and extreme heat we are experiencing are consistent with what we expect as a result of climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions. This is not a future scenario. It is happening now.”